A bible instructor in Jacksonville, Florida, allegedly had a “consensual” sexual relationship with an underage teen lady. Robert Russell Browning, 59, was booked Saturday.
An grownup man reported the allegation to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Workplace deputies on July 29, in accordance with the arrest warrant affidavit obtained by Legislation&Crime. Investigators contacted the lady. In accordance with authorities, she stated that she and Browning exchanged nude images, that she carried out oral intercourse on him contained in the Cedar Creek Baptist Church, and that he rubbed the skin of her vagina.
There’s corroboration concerning the nude element, deputies stated. They took a have a look at the lady’s cellphone and found a photograph of an erect penis despatched from a cellphone linked to Browning, stated the affidavit.
Textual content messages on the kid’s cellphone confirmed conversations between them through which they mentioned oral intercourse and “facetiming” whereas nude, authorities stated.
Browning couldn’t be reached for remark. A message despatched to his work e mail on the Cedar Creek Christian Faculty bounced again, “Tackle not discovered.” Duval County data present no lawyer of report as of Wednesday, however the affidavit acknowledged that the defendant lawyered up and declined to speak. He stays in jail on $250,009 bond on expenses of lewd/lascivious molestation of a sufferer between the ages of 12 and 16, lewd battery in a consensual sexual exercise with an individual between ages 12 and 16, and transmission of fabric dangerous to minors.
CCCS, which is situated at that very same church, nonetheless names Browning on its school web page as of Wednesday, however Pastor John Montgomery instructed News4Jax in a Tuesday report that they fired him instantly.
“Of all folks, I might have by no means ever thought that one thing like that would have occurred,” Montgomery stated. “We reside in a fallen world, and other people do issues that completely shock you.”
Montgomery stated they fingerprinted Browning, and ran an FBI background verify after they employed him six years in the past. That’s typical of all workers, he stated. They’re including extra safety and surveillance cameras to ensure one thing like this doesn’t occur once more, he stated.
The lady’s father stated he found the proof in opposition to Browning, and added that his daughter now not wished to talk to him.
[Mugshot via Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office]