A Rockville youth minister was charged with sex offenses and assault Wednesday after it was alleged that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl, reports The Washington Post.
In a statement by Montgomery County Police, Brian Patrick Werth, 32, a youth minister at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Rockville, allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with the girl during a youth event at the church. The statement also said that Werth had sent the girl graphic sexual texts since the summer of 2014.
According to the charging documents, Werth had known the girl since middle school and allegedly forced himself on her at an overnight event in May. The girl told police she “did not want to engage in sexual activity,” but “felt she had no choice” because Werth “had helped her with so many things up to that point.”
Werth was charged with one count of fourth-degree sexual offense, one count of sexual abuse of a minor and a second degree assault.
According to a statement by the Archdiocese of Washington, Werth cleared a background check. Allegations against Werth were reported to the church pastor who contacted the diocese which reported the case to Montgomery County law enforcement, the diocese said in a statement.
Werth has since been terminated from his job.
Police worry Werth may have targeted others and ask anyone with information about inappropriate contact involving him to contact them at 240-773-5400.
Although it must have been extremely difficult, I believe the disclosure of events will ultimately help the young victim in the healing process. By exposing him, she stopped this from happening to other girls.