South Carolina pastor accused of molesting a minor

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GREENVILLE, S.C. –A campus pastor for a South Carolina church is facing charges after he allegedly molested a 12-year-old girl at his home.

James Brian Briley, 54, is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to WSPA.

On Aug. 2, authorities arrested Briley, a campus pastor at Summit Church in Greenville, saying he touched the juvenile’s breast and buttocks.

Prior to 2008, Briley also worked at a free preschool and authorities believe there could be additional victims.

Summit Church released a statement Thursday saying they have terminated Briley from his position.

We are deeply saddened by the events that have unfolded this week. As of Tuesday, August 2, Brian Briley has been removed from all leadership and his position as Elder and campus pastor has been terminated. The Elders of Summit Church desire to be fully transparent in this matter. However, we also desire to honor the legal process. In the interest of privacy laws associated with these types of cases for victims of sexual assault, we are unable to give any further details at this point.

 

He was arrested and released from jail after posting his $25,000 bond.