Pastor reported his own child sex crime, center says


GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – A center that provides services for sex assault and child abuse victims says a pastor reported his child sex crime to them.

James Brian Briley, 54, is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say he inappropriately touched and molested the 12-year-old victim at his home on July 31.

Shauna Galloway Williams, executive director of the Julie Valentine Center, says that they received a call from James Brian Briley on Friday evening.

She says he reported that he had committed a crime.

She says in more than 10 years of working at the center, she has never had someone call themselves in.

The sheriff’s office says Briley was the campus pastor at Summit Church on Rutherford Road in Greenville.

They say he also worked at the Frazee Dream Center in the past.

The Frazee Dream Center is a free preschool, before and after school and summer program, according to their website.

The director says Briley hasn’t worked there since 2008.

Investigators believe there may be additional victims.

If you have information call investigators at 864.467.4704 or Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.

The arrest warrant states that Briley touched the victim’s breast and buttocks.

Officials with the Julie Valentine Center contacted the sheriff’s office about the allegations on August 2.

Briley was arrested and released from the Greenville County Detention Center after posting $25,000 bond.

The Elders of Summit Church released a statement Thursday saying they have terminated Briley from his positions at the church. Read the full statement below:

We are deeply saddened by the events that have unfolded this week. As of Tuesday, August 2, Brian Briley has been removed from all leadership and his position as Elder and campus pastor has been terminated. The Elders of Summit Church desire to be fully transparent in this matter. However, we also desire to honor the legal process. In the interest of privacy laws associated with these types of cases for victims of sexual assault, we are unable to give any further details at this point.

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