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Middletown, IN - Sulphur Springs Christian Church Youth Pastor, Bryan Crabtree, Arrested on Child Sex Crime Charges

Middletown, IN - Sulphur Springs Christian Church Youth Pastor, Bryan Crabtree, Arrested on Child Sex Crime Charges
Published: June 20, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on June 20, 2024

Central Indiana Youth Pastor Arrested on Child Sex Crime Charges

According to Fox 59, a central Indiana man working as a youth pastor, substitute teacher, and coach in Henry County, IN has been arrested on child sex crime charges.

Bryan Crabtree of Sulphur Springs was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon, June 13, 2024, by the Henry County Sheriff's Office. The arrest came after detectives began an investigation into reports of sexual misconduct involving children.

Crabtree held positions of trust and authority in the community, serving as a youth pastor at the Sulphur Springs Christian Church, located at 3368 US-36, Middletown, IN 47356. He was also a substitute teacher and coach with the Shenandoah School Corporation. However, the church has since terminated his employment following his arrest. The Henry County Sheriff's Office has informed the Shenandoah School Corporation of the charges against Crabtree.

The following preliminary charges have been filed against Crabtree:

Sexual Misconduct with a Minor – Level 4 Felony
Child Solicitation (3 counts) – Level 5 Felony

Henry County officials stated that the investigation into Crabtree is ongoing and that additional charges are expected to be filed before the case goes to trial. Online court records do not yet reflect an initial hearing in Crabtree's case.

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Holding Negligent Churches Accountable for Youth Pastor Sex Abuse

In the wake of the disturbing arrest of central Indiana youth pastor Bryan Crabtree on child sex crime charges, we sat down with experienced Indiana sex abuse lawyer Jeff Gibson to discuss the legal rights available for victims sexually abused by a youth pastor. Gibson explained that victims may have grounds to file civil lawsuits not only against the perpetrator, but also against the church or organization that employed the abuser.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Thank you for speaking with us, Mr. Gibson. As an attorney who has represented many victims of child sexual abuse, what legal options are available for those abused by a youth pastor?

Jeff Gibson, Esq. (JG): Victims of sexual abuse by a youth pastor have several legal avenues they can pursue. First and foremost, they may file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator for the sexual abuse itself. This can provide compensation for the harm caused and hold the abuser accountable.

Secondly, victims may also have grounds to sue the church or organization that employed the youth pastor. If they can prove the institution was negligent in their hiring, supervision, or response to reports of abuse, they may be held liable as well.

DM: That's an important point. Can you expand on how a church or school district could be found negligent in a case like this?

JG: Absolutely. Youth pastors and teachers are placed in positions of trust, and the organizations that employ them have a duty to ensure the safety of the children in their care. If they fail to properly vet candidates, ignore red flags, or do not have adequate policies and training to prevent and respond to abuse, they can be found negligent.

For example, if the church or school district was aware of prior allegations against Crabtree but still allowed him to continue working with children, that would be a strong indicator of negligence. Thorough background checks and stringent abuse prevention measures are critical for any organization serving minors.

DM: That's a sobering reality. What advice would you give to victims and their families on how to proceed in a case like this?

JG: My advice would be to act quickly. Seek medical attention and documentation of any abuse. Then, consult with an experienced child sexual abuse attorney who can guide you through the legal process and ensure your rights are protected. Time is of the essence, as there are deadlines and important steps that must be taken.

Above all, I want victims to know that they are not alone, and that justice can be served. With the right legal representation and approach, we can hold both the perpetrator and any negligent institutions fully accountable.

DM: Thank you for discussing this difficult but important topic with us today. We appreciate you taking the time to speak with us.

JG: Thank you, Darla. I'm glad I could provide some insights. My heart goes out to any victims of abuse, and I remain committed to fighting for their rights and justice.

Seeking Justice and Support for Victims Sexually Abused By a Youth Pastor

For victims of sexual abuse by a youth pastor or other trusted authority figure, the path forward can seem daunting. However, as Jeff Gibson emphasized, justice and accountability are possible with the right legal representation.

If you or a loved one have been impacted by such abuse, we encourage you to reach out for a free, confidential consultation. Our team of experienced child sexual abuse attorneys is committed to fighting for your rights and ensuring you receive the compensation and support you deserve.

No one should have to face the trauma of sexual abuse alone. Take the first step towards healing and justice - contact us today.


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