Former Nacogdoches youth pastor indicted on 5 counts of indecency with child

Former Nacogdoches youth pastor indicted on 5 counts of indecency with child
Brandon Hughes (Source: Slayton, Ashley)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A former assistant youth pastor was indicted by a Nacogdoches County Grand Jury on multiple counts of indecency with a child by exposure.

According to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Brandon Hughes turned himself at the Nacogdoches County Jail on April 22.

He was indicted following an investigation conducted by the sheriff’s office. The investigation came after a complaint was made about Hughes, alleging he sending sexual images to minors.

The findings from the investigation were turned over to the district attorney’s office and the case was presented to a grand jury.

The grand jury indicted Hughes on five counts of indecency with a child by exposure, which is a third degree felony.

Hughes was employed as an assistant youth pastor at the First Christian Church of Nacogdoches from Sept. 2015 to June 2018. The church reported he was placed on administrative leave in 2018 following the allegations.

They released a statement on April 24 regarding the Hughes:

Brandon Hughes was employed by First Christian Church as the Assistant Youth Pastor from September 2015 to June 2018. In June 2018, when allegations were first made about Brandon, he was immediately placed on administrative leave. Soon thereafter, Brandon resigned his position. We have been fully cooperating with law enforcement officials from the day allegations were first made. We are saddened and shocked by the allegations made against Brandon. We are praying for everyone involved.

An indictment, obtained by KTRE on April 24, details the counts brought against Hughes.

Count one alleges that in September 2016, Hughes, “with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of the defendant," exposed his genitals in the presence of a minor.

Count two alleges that in September 2016, Hughes, “with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of the defendant” caused a minor to expose their genitals.

Count three alleges that in May 2018, Hughes, “with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of the defendant," exposed his genitals knowing a minor was present.

Count four alleges that in May 2018, Hughes caused a minor to expose their genitals.

Count five alleges that in May 2018, Hughes, “with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of the defendant,” exposed his genitals in the presence of a minor.

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