THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH, Ohio Minister Brian L. Williams accused of raping 15 year old girl at church.
DELAWARE, Ohio — A Delaware County minister, Brian L. Williams has been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl who arranged to meet with him last week to talk about her grades, authorities said yesterday.
The teen said the rape took place Thursday afternoon at the church, on Perfect Drive in Sunbury, court records show. The victim had an appointment with Williams that day, and a family member dropped her off at the church, Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost said yesterday.
Williams is accused of forcing her to perform oral sex before removing her clothes and assaulting her.
Sunbury Grace Brethren Church’s congregation had merged with Grace Baptist. In 2006, the Sunbury Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request for a sign variance made by Williams. At the time, Williams said the merger was a good thing for both groups and that Grace Baptist was “dwindling and struggling.”
Ohio Minister Brian L. Williams head pastor at Sunbury Grace Brethren Church could face up to 10 years if convicted of rape.
Former Ohio pastor Brian L. Williams pleads guilty to sexual battery of a 15 year old girl.
Monday, June 23, 2008 2:53 PM
The Columbus Dispatch
DELAWARE, Ohio – A former Delaware County pastor charged with raping a 15-year-old girl who attended his church pleaded guilty today to related charges.
Brian L. Williams, the former head pastor of Sunbury Grace Brethren Church, pleaded guilty to two sexual battery charges, Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost said in a news release.
Williams was indicted in March on two counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery. The indictment alleged that on March 6, Williams forced the girl to perform oral sex and assaulted her at his church office.
“The plea will eliminate the need to force the victim to testify at trial,” Yost said. “This young woman has been hurt enough by a man who was supposed to be helping her.”