Former Rockville Church Youth Minister Charged With Sexual Abuse of Teen

WASHINGTON — A former Rockville, Maryland, church youth minister is in court Thursday on sexual abuse and assault charges, accused by police of inappropriate sexual contact with a teen girl during an overnight “lock in” at the church last May.

Montgomery County police arrested 32-year-old Brian Patrick Werth, of Montgomery Village, on Wednesday morning. Werth, who served as the youth minister of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Rockville for more than seven years, has been charged with one count of fourth-degree sexual offense, one count of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of second-degree assault, police said.

His bond hearing was set for 1 p.m. Thursday.

Police said they were alerted by Child Protective Services in late August that Werth had inappropriate contact with a 16-year-old girl during the overnight church event that he supervised, according to charging documents obtained by WTOP.

The girl, who told police she had known Werth since she was in middle school, told police he met her in a private place on parish grounds during the lock in and inappropriately touched her without her consent.

Police said Werth had also been texting the girl since the summer of 2014 and had sent her messages that were “graphic and sexual in nature.”

The girl told police the messages made her feel uncomfortable and she thought they wrong, but she felt “compelled not to do anything,” per the charging documents, because Werth was nice to her and helpful in dealing with personal issues.

Montgomery County police said they believe there may be additional victims and are urging anyone with information to contact the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.

Two church leaders in Virginia were accused last month of inappropriate contact with teens.

Jordan Baird, 25 of Warrenton, has been accused of inappropriately touching two teen girls at the Life Church in Manassas, Virginia, and of sending inappropriate text messages. Baird was described by police as a “youth pastor,” but his father, the church’s pastor, said he did not oversee children and was a church employee.

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office last month arrested 28-year-old Derrick Ryan Trump, the youth director at the Greenwich Presbyterian Church in Nokesville, Virgnia, who’s accused of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old girl.

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