MARYSVILLE — A youth pastor from Marysville has been charged with molesting a child for years while she attended his church.
Snohomish County prosecutors charged Kyle Brown, 25, in November with second-degree child molestation. The alleged abuse occurred between 2011 and 2015, when Brown was a youth pastor at Marysville First Assembly Church, according to charging papers.
The victim, who’s about six years younger than Brown, told police most of the alleged abuse started when she was 11, just after her father died.
At the time, she attended the church’s youth group almost weekly, where Brown held several leadership positions.
The victim told police the alleged abuse occurred away from the church, except for one instance during a camping trip, according to court documents.
She often tried to stop Brown, but couldn’t because of his size, according to the allegations described in court papers.
The molestation stopped when she was 14 and stopped attending the church, she told authorities. She later decided to tell her mother, a friend and her new pastor about Brown because of his continued work with children, which includes camping trips, she said.
Her new pastor, who is affiliated with a different church, reported Brown to Child Protective Services in April.
Marysville First Assembly Church is now called Grove Church.
Brown’s name is not listed on the church’s staff page, but charging papers indicate he’s currently the director of youth ministries.
In a video posted to the church’s website, Brown called himself a “worshipaholic.”
Representatives from Grove Church could not be immediately reached for comment.