A former church youth program volunteer is charged with aggravated sexual battery after police allege he admitted to fondling a 10-year-old boy in 2007.
Brian Lance Mitchell, 30, who according to Metro police used to volunteer at Cornerstone Church, was held in jail Tuesday in lieu of a $50,000 bond.
According to the police investigation, Mitchell he sent the victim inappropriate text messages shortly after the alleged crime, prompting the boy’s mother to show those messages to church staff who then removed Mitchell from the youth program.
When the victim, now 14, saw Mitchell from a distance during a recent visit to the church, he recalled events of five years ago, according to police, and that led to a forensic interview in March at the Nashville Children’s Alliance.
Based on information from that interview, Metro police Sex Crimes detectives opened a criminal investigation on Mitchell, who allegedly made certain sexual admissions concerning the boy when he was interviewed a few days ago.
Detectives were unaware of any other complaints of criminal activity during Mitchell’s association with the church youth program but asked that anyone with any knowledge of such activities to call the Sex Crimes Unit at 862-7540.
Prior to his arrest, Mitchell was residing at the Union Rescue Mission and was working in the kitchen of a local hospital. The police investigation continues, and additional charges against Mitchell are possible.