Ex-Marysville youth minister gets community service for sexual assault

EVERETT — A former Marysville church youth minister has been sentenced to 240 hours of community service and two years probation for sexually motivated fourth-degree assault.

Kyle Richard Brown, now 28, was charged in 2019 with second-degree child molestation. The alleged abuse occurred between 2011 and 2015, when Brown held ‘leadership roles’ at Marysville First Assembly Church, now known as The Grove Church, according to charging documents filed in court. Upper Snohomish County.

The charges described him as a pastor and the director of youth ministries at the church. According to a church statement released this week, Brown was “never a pastor of any kind at Grove Church in Marysville,” nor a full-time employee, although he held “small part-time roles. partial at various intervals. ”

The victim, who was about six years younger than Brown, told police most of the alleged abuse began when she was 11, just after her father died.

At the time, she attended the church’s youth group almost weekly. The victim told police the abuse took place away from the church, with the exception of one instance while on a camping trip to the church, court documents show.

She often tried to stop Brown, but couldn’t because of her size, the charges say.

The assault stopped when she was 14 and stopped attending church, she told authorities. She later decided to tell her mother, a friend, and her new pastor about Brown because of her ongoing work with children.

Brown, of Marysville, pleaded guilty last month to fourth-degree sexually motivated assault.

At a sentencing hearing this week, Assistant District Attorney Tyler Scott and defense attorney Michael Andrews presented an agreed-upon sentencing recommendation of community service and probation for Brown.

“The probable cause affidavit and the claims of the victim and his parents are not an accurate representation of what really happened over a decade ago when Mr. Brown was a teenager,” Andrews said. at the Daily Herald. “The youthful rowdiness…has been transmuted and twisted into something it wasn’t.”

Andrews added that “Brown regrets any harm he may have caused in his youth.”

The defense lawyer presented the judge with 11 letters written by family and friends of Mr Brown, asking the court to grant him a lenient sentence. One of the letters was written by Brown’s wife. She wrote that she and Brown had two young daughters and that he was a devoted father.

“Because of the charges, (Brown) lost his job,” she wrote. “Since then, he has done everything possible to create a general business.”

The assistant prosecutor declined to comment on the case.

Marysville’s first assembly church is now called Grove Church. Senior Pastor Nik Baumgart sent the Herald a written statement on behalf of the church:

“The Grove Church and its leaders are grateful that a resolution has been found in the situation involving Kyle Brown. We continue to pray for all parties involved in this matter,” Baumgart wrote.

“…As soon as The Grove became aware of the allegations, we removed Kyle from any role within the Grove Church. Grove Church takes these kinds of allegations very seriously and will investigate all such allegations promptly and diligently.

Ellen Dennis: 425-339-3486; [email protected]; Twitter: @reporterellen.

Norma P. Rex