Former Church Volunteer Admits To Sexually Assaulting A Child
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A former church program volunteer has been charged after he admitted to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy.
Metro Police arrested 30-year-old Brian Lance Mitchell on Tuesday. Mitchell was charged with aggravated sexual battery after he admitted to fondling a 10-year-old boy in the bedroom of his apartment in 2007.
Officials said that at the time of the assault Mitchell was working as a youth program volunteer with Cornerstone Church. According to police, after the assault Mitchell began to send the boy inappropriate text messages. When the child's mother saw the messages she showed them to church staff who removed Mitchell from the youth program.
On a recent visit to the church, the now 14-year-old victim saw Mitchell and told authorities about the events several years ago. Based on the teen's statements, officials began to investigate Mitchell.
After speaking with investigators, Mitchell admitted to sexually assaulting the boy. Officials said that Mitchell remains under investigation and additional charges were pending.
At the time of his arrest, Mitchell was living at the Union Rescue Mission and was working in the kitchen of a local hospital.
Detectives said that so far no other victims have come forward.
Anyone with information about possible criminal activity during Mitchell's association with the church youth program was urged to contact the police department's Sex Crimes Unit at 862-7540.
Brian Lance Mitchell was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bond.