A Valencia man who worked as a youth pastor in St. Louis, and as a former producer for a local church, has been charged with multiple counts of sodomy, according to St. Louis County Police Department officers in Missouri.
Brandon Milburn, 26, of Valencia, was arrested Thursday for six counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree by St. Louis County Police Department officials, said Sgt. Matt Redmond.
Police officials said two alleged victims, both 11 years old at the time, contacted the Police Department, which sparked an investigation that led the victims to identify Milburn.
Milburn was contacted by police officials, questioned by detectives and then confessed to the St. Louis crimes, Redmond said.
Milburn was working as an intern outreach minister in St. Louis from 2007-09 when the alleged crimes occurred, Redmond said.
“He was a college student doing an internship at this church, where he had contact with some people in a youth group or youth ministry,” Redmond said.
After their investigation, the evidence was submitted to the county’s prosecutor, who decided to file six counts, Redmond said.
Milburn told police officials his occupation was a producer for a Valencia church.
Fred Gray, executive pastor of Real Life Church in Valencia, confirmed that Milburn was a former employee, and that the church was “horrified” to find out about the allegations.
Milburn did not work with children at the church, Gray said. He worked for the church for about four months.
Church officials just learned of the allegations and are looking into the claims, he said.
“We are still mid-investigation from our end,” Gray said. “We’re trying to figure out what we need to do. We will make an announcement to our congregation.”
There is currently no local investigation against Milburn, as no Santa Clarita Valley victims have been identified or come forward, said Detective Dave Campbell of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Detective Bureau.
Milburn is currently being held on a $100,000 cash only bond.
Police officials are releasing the information in the hopes that if there are any other alleged victims out there, they come forward, Redmond said.
There is sometimes a hesitancy for victims to self-identify, Redmond said.
“That’s generally how disclosures happen in a lot of cases. They usually don’t disclose right away,” he said.
“If there is anybody who was abused by Mr. Milburn,” he said, “they need to contact their local law enforcement.”
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