JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A former church choir director was arrested last weekend for allegedly sexually assaulting a child, and police believe there may be more victims, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Charles Anderson Brown, 56, faces a capital felony charge of sexual battery and another felony charge of sale, distribution or showing of obscene material to minors. His bond was set at $200,006.
The suspect allegedly confessed to sexually battering a child, and investigators are concerned there are other outstanding victims.
Police responded at about 5:14 p.m. Saturday for the sexual battery. The young girl, whose age was not released in the police report, told investigators Brown allegedly touched her “private part” and engaged in sexual intercourse with her, according to the report.
Brown previously worked for Murray Hill United Methodist Church, with the office manager there confirming his employment ended back in 2008. He was arrested for an alleged sexual act with a minor in 2008 but the charges were dropped.
While working at the church located at 4101 College Street, Brown taught mid-teens to adults.
“It does not appear he had unsupervised direct contact with the youth programs but was active in church functions.
Murray Hill United Methodist Church released a statement:
“Our former director of music, Charles Brown, was arrested this week for sexual battery on a minor and sale, distribution or showing of obscene material to minors. He worked at Murray Hill UMC from 2006 – 2010.Murray Hill considers nothing more sacred than the safety,protection and care of our children. We have had a comprehensive Child and Youth Protection policy in place since 2005, which we diligently follow.We pray that healing and love for all involved will bring the grace and power of God into this situation, and that we as the family of God may continue to fulfill His purpose for us.”
Anyone who believes they may have been victimized by the suspect or aware of someone who has been victimized by him is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500.