Arizona Youth Pastor Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse Charges

Arizona residents found themselves shocked when a youth pastor entered guilty plea to charges of two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of child molestation in August 2013. Jasmine Omar Brown, known by friends and family as “J”, worked at the Phoenix Collegiate Academy as a teacher’s aide. Brown frequently worked with children with special needs, and he mentored students at the school’s summer camp. According to the allegations, he took advantage of at least one child.

The boy told his family of the abuse, and his family later contacted the authorities. According to police, the young boy told them that Brown inappropriately touched him at least twice while attending the summer camp. Those close to Brown refused to discuss the story. Brown’s next court date and his sentencing will occur in September.

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest Network, 44% of sexual abuse victims are minors. The same organization also found that sexual abuse occurs once every two minutes in the country. Nearly 97% of all rapists and sexually abusers will never face jail time or any type of sentencing because many abuse victims won’t report their actions. More than 50% of victims never tell the police.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, 9.2% of all children in America suffer some form of sexual abuse and 20% of adult females have been sexually abused at least once during childhood. Many of those cases involve abuse by someone trusted or viewed as a mentor.

Predators often threaten younger victims to keep them from talking, but parents and other adults can look for signs of abuse in the children they spend time around. The parents of Brown’s young victim noticed the warning signs, talked about the situation with the child, and informed the police after learning of the abuse. Brown now faces jail time for his role in abusing the child.

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