A former Jeffersonsville, Indiana pastor arrested in Frankfort for attempting to have sex with a minor committed suicide Monday in Marietta, Ga. The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office told The State Journal Brown died of asphyxia from hanging himself.
The Attorney General’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit arrested the former pastor David James Brown, 46, when he drove to Frankfort earlier this month and attempted to arrange a sexual encounter with an investigator posing as a minor.
Given Brown’s death, Franklin County Attorney Rick Sparks dismissed the case with prejudice Tuesday.
First Christian Church had released a statement when Brown was charged saying it was “a sad day for our church,” and they had placed Brown on temporary administrative leave and he was “relieved of all his ministerial duties pending further investigations.”
Brown had been a senior pastor at the church for a little over a year and met the minor on the KIK messenger app.
The State Journal attempted to reach the church Tuesday.
The State Journal also attempted to reach the Marietta Police Department, but at time of press it had not returned any calls.
Similar to Brown, Anwar Gamal Mohamed, 33, a University of Louisville medical research employee alleged responded to a Craigslist post of an online persona claiming to be a 15-year-old female.
Mohamed allegedly sent explicit pictures of his anatomy to the minor. The undercover officer and Mohamed arranged to meet in Frankfort where officials from the Attorney General’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit and Frankfort Police apprehended him.
The grand jury indicted Mohamed on Tuesday for unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth of Kentucky to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, a Class D felony.
Additionally in coordination with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit, Jeffery Scott Turner, 58, of Lancaster, allegedly placed a Craigslist ad requesting a “Dad for Daughter,” which according to investigation documents, said was a normal-type dad looking for a daughter to play with online. And “what daddy and daughter do online needs to stay just between daddy and his daughter.”
Turner allegedly engaged in conversation with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl but was a male investigator. He was indicted for unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth of Kentucky to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities, a Class D felony.
The Grand Jury indicted John G. Atha, 51, Tuesday currently on pre-trial release for drug trafficking offenses in a separate case for possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor and trafficking in marijuana, second offense or greater less than 8 ounces.
As part of a drug investigation, a search warrant was executed at his residence on Richardson Drive where authorities found marijuana. During the investigation, authorities had Atha under surveillance and followed him to Shelby County where he allegedly sold a quantity of marijuana at a residence.
Authorities stopped Atha upon his return to Franklin County and found packaged marijuana in his possession.
Harrison Blake Armstrong, of Wheeler Drive was indicted for several charges resulting from a shooting incident on Meadow View Drive on June 18, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Zach Becker.
Armstrong alleged shot at two individuals. Some shots penetrated a home resulting the Grand Jury indicted him for first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony.
Authorities tracked Armstrong to Bluegrass Inn where he was hiding in an attic in the room. The Grand Jury indicted for additional charges including convicted felon in possession of a handgun, a Class C felony; second-degree fleeing or invading police, a Class A misdemeanor; resisting an arrest, a Class A misdemeanor and first-degree persistent felony offender.
As part of the multi-department law enforcement Summer Solstice sex offender operation, several Franklin County residents were found to be noncompliant sex offenders.
Of those, Brandon Dean, 28, was indicted for failure to comply with sex offender registration, first offense, a Class D felony.
Jacob Dale, 30, was indicted for failure to comply with a sex offender registration, a Class D felony and persistent felony offender, second degree when he allegedly didn’t complete his address verification form in March. His whereabouts remain unknown.
The Grand Jury also indicted Mark Lewis, 37, for failure to comply with sex offender registration, first offense, a Class D felony and first-degree persistent felony offender.
Anna K. Thompson, 49, indicted for first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (heroin), a Class D felony and a persistent felony offender, second degree after having a prior felony trafficking conviction for cocaine in 2008.
Joseph Caputo, 34, of Meadowview Drive, was indicted for theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others under $500 when he allegedly took movable property belonging to Patricia Caputo. He was also indicted for fraudulent use of a credit card under $10,000, a Class D felony.
Jefferey McDowell, 26, was indicted for fourth-degree assault, a Class A misdemeanor and unlawful imprisonment, a first-degree Class D felony.
The Grand Jury indicted Shane Kennedy of Nicholasville for third-degree burglary, a Class D felony and second-degree persistent felony offender.
Ashley Whisman, 34, of Wash Road was indicted for second-degree domestic violence, a Class C felony and prescription controlled substance not in proper container, first offense, a Class B misdemeanor.
Toni Fultz, Chad Whitson Sr. and Chad Whitson Jr. were indicted by the Grand Jury when a witness allegedly saw all three steal two heating and cooling units at Capitol Mobile Home Park. According to Kentucky State Police, the units were taken to Taylor Recycling.
All defendants were charged with theft by unlawful taking dispense all others $500 or more under $10,000, a Class D felony; first degree persistent felony offender and second-degree felony offender.
Frankfort Police were in the process of arresting Destiney Manley, 19, when Marissa Perkins, 19, of Meagher Avenue allegedly interfered. Authorities recovered Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxer, where Perkins was sitting in a car, and once in jail, authorities also found a small baggie of what Perkins said was crack cocaine in her vagina.
Perkins was indicted for obstructing governmental operations, a Class A misdemeanor, disorderly conduct, second degree, Class B misdemeanor; third-degree terroristic threatening for threatening a police officer during her arrest, a Class A misdemeanor; tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony; illegal possession of a legend drug, a Class B misdemeanor; possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), first degree, first offense, a Class D felony and first-degree promoting contraband, a Class D felony. ..Source.. by Brad Bowman