Former Pastor Arrested in Molestation Case

The News-Press [Florida]
August 1, 2006

Fort Myers police arrested a former pastor late Monday on sexual molestation charges, police officials said this morning.

Russell Lee Brown, 53, was a pastor at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church until he resigned in May after 20 years, according to court records. Brown, 2 Kingsman Circle, Fort Myers was charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious battery, police said.

Detectives are investigating at least six allegations of sexual molestation that occurred between 1999 and 2005. The victims who came forward were 10 and 11 when the alleged crimes occurred.

Fort Myers police and the Department of Children and Families were investigating Brown after one of the victims told an adult about the alleged abuse.

According to court records, the illegal activity happened at Brown's house and a church office. Brown watched children after school, said police spokeswoman Shelly Flynn. Investigators coordinated Brown's arrest with his attorney, Flynn said.


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