A former Monroe church youth minister who was indicted in Barrow County on charges of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old Oconee County girl in 2010 was sentenced to prison last week.
According to court documents, Brian Richard Gray, 32, formerly of 1421 Langdon Park Ct., Winder, entered into a plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office for the Piedmont Judicial Circuit in exchange for his 58 felony counts.
According to the original indictment filed on Feb. 16, a Barrow County grand jury indicted Gray on 17 counts each of statutory rape, child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes; four counts of sexual battery; two counts of aggravated child molestation; and one count of cruelty to children.
On June 9, Gray pleaded guilty in Barrow County Superior Court to one count statutory rape, one count child molestation and one count enticing a child for indecent purposes. The three counts are merged with 47 other counts, and the DA filed nolle prosequi on six counts.
According to the plea deal, Gray will serve 15 years in state prison and will serve an additional 10 years of probation upon his release. He is subject to sex offender special conditions of probation, to have no contact with the victim, and pay a $5,000 fine. He is also sentenced to pay restitution of up to $10,000 for counseling costs for the victim. Gray will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
06/15/11 at 09:23 AM
BCJ should report the name of the church that this man used as a platform for his criminal conduct. That is a relevant, pertinent fact.
That a man in an official, approved church staff position could carry out this activity over a period of time without anyone in the church being aware is evidence of a lack of supervision and of a lack of proper child security policies.
The publisher of this paper occasionally criticizes the Athens paper for what they do not report. He should look to his own decision here.
Clergy sex abuse is a major national story, partly because of poor decisions by churches. Wouldn't pursuing any story about what was lacking in a church that would allow a youth minister to repeatedly have sex with a minor entrusted to his care and supervision in his church group, be not just relevant but helpful?
I dont think 15 years is a long enough sentance for this joker.He is a ticking time bomb and will hurt another child whenever he gets out and her pain will be on the D.A.
Our D.A. has a history of such leiniancy with child molestors.
In 2012, if he gets another term of office his budget and pay will be slashed until he gets the message ...We want these kinds of people locked up for the rest of their unnatural lives, they cannot be rehabilitated.
get a leg up in 2012
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06/17/11 at 01:38 PM
Leave it to our D.A. to indict this animal for 58 counts, let him plead guilty to three and dismiss the rest. Same D.A. didn't fight to keep Chad Dunn in jail or even demand a bond hearing, Dunn then got out and killed his wife. If you think that is isolated, Keith Gresham in Commerce who our D.A. didn't fight to keep in jail on his felony probation violation, got out and killed his kids. When is this going to stop?
Our illustrious DA's office let a child predator off on ...yes......PROBATION....who came to Barrow County to have sex with a 14 year old girl,(well so he thought) who turned out to be an undercover set up by investigators. Our great judges claimed this a victimless crime due to him never actually having contact with a fourteen year old. Really? A victimless crime. What about the children who have, and now will most likely, be his victims due to him being free? Great job people. Way to go.