A pastor from Harvey is behind bars after deputies say he raped and inappropriately touched a girl over the course of four years.
Dolhman Brown, 58, was booked on Sept. 24 on suspicion of first-degree rape and sexual battery, a spokesperson for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed. Brown was a pastor at First Emanual Baptist Church.
Officials say the first reported incident took place in 2016 when the girl was around 9 years old.
Officials say the victim told a relative about the abuse in 2020, but the relative didn’t believe her. She later went to a hospital and revealed the abuse to a doctor, which led to authorities conducting an investigation.
A pastor from Harvey has been arrested and accused of raping and inappropriately touching a girl over the course of four years, authorities said.
Dolhman Brown, 58, was booked Sept. 24 with first-degree rape and sexual battery, said Capt. Jason Rivarde, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.
Brown, who is being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna, appeared via video conference Wednesday for a bond hearing in Jefferson Parish Magistrate Court.
The victim and her family are known to Brown, according to Jefferson Parish Assistant District Attorney Aimee St. Cyr. The abuse allegedly began in 2016 when the girl was about 9 years old.
Brown is accused of inappropriately touching the victim through her clothing on several occasions. But he later began directly touching her genitals, according to authorities.
Brown raped the girl and reportedly offered to pay her $100 to perform oral sex, authorities said.
The victim told a relative about the abuse in 2020, but the relative didn’t believe the girl. Still, relatives no longer allowed Brown to be around her, according to authorities.
In June, the girl was being treated at a hospital when she again revealed the abuse, this time to a doctor. Hospital officials contacted the Sheriff’s Office, and a criminal investigation was opened, according to an incident report.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Brown’s attorney, Branden Villavaso, told the court that Brown, a grandfather of 15, had been a pastor at First Emmanuel Baptist Church in Gretna for 17 years and was not a threat or a flight risk.
Magistrate Commissioner Paul Schneider set bond at $350,000 and order Brown to wear a GPS monitor if he is released from jail.