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A Bonne Terre youth pastor is now facing additional charges after authorities in two counties reviewed the case of his alleged sexual assault of a girl at the church where he was a youth pastor and near her home.

Brian Cassidy, 33, of Park Hills, is now charged in both Ste. Genevieve and St. Francois counties with a class A felony of statutory rape in the first degree and a class B felony of child molestation in the first degree.

Youth pastor charged with statutory rape

According to a probable cause statement, on Dec. 15 a Children's Advocacy Center interview was conducted with a girl less than 17 years old. During the interview she said she was having a relationship with Cassidy, a youth pastor at the First Baptist Church in East Bonne Terre.

She described the relationship as sexual and said she had intercourse with him on two occasions and that he also touched her inappropriately on a regular basis. She said it all started shortly after her 13th birthday.

The first incident reportedly took place inside the church and the second time was in a field near the girl’s home in Ste. Genevieve County. She also said he tried to force himself on her in other ways, but was unsuccessful.

The girl told the caseworker that at the time another girl, who would have been 15 years old at the time, also had a sexual relationship with Cassidy. She provided screenshots of Facebook messages showing her attempt at blackmailing him.

On Jan. 23 an officer with the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department reportedly contacted the other girl and was able to get new information for the case. He talked with the teen and she said she remembered two years ago she and the young girl has sneaked out of the girl’s grandmother’s house and met Cassidy.

She said they sat in his car and talked with him for a long time. The detective texted her a photo of Cassidy and she identified him. She also described the car he had at the time.

The next day the officer sent a text to the teen stating he had information that she sent Cassidy nude photos. The teen confirmed that she most likely did, but did not receive any nude photos from Cassidy. She added she sent nude photos of herself to numerous boys/men during that time in her life.

That same day, the St. Francois County detective working the case was able to pull information from the young girl’s phone. The detective reportedly found screenshots from a conversation with Cassidy on July 14 where the young girl attempted to blackmail him by threatening to tell about him raping her. The detective noted that in the conversation Cassidy made numerous incriminating statements in reference to their sexual activities.

He also made an incriminating statement in reference to the sexual contact in the church where he reportedly had sex with the girl the first time. In the correspondence he said to remember the "church thing" wasn’t just his decision and he always regretted and felt bad for any wrongdoing.

Cassidy is now facing four felonies. He is being held in the St. Francois County Jail on a $150,000 bond, and now has an additional $50,000 bond in Ste. Genevieve County.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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