SCHUYLER COUNTY, Mo. – The pastor of a church in Schuyler County has been accused of a sex crime against a child.

George Bradburn, 68, of sex crimesQueen City, Mo. was arrested Tuesday and is now charged with first degree Statutory Sodomy – Deviate Sexual Intercourse With A Person Less Than 14 Years Old.

According to the probable cause statement, the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office conducted an interview of the male victim on May 3, 2016.

The witness was reportedly a resident of Queen City when he was a juvenile. During that time he and his family became acquainted with an older male he identified as George Bradburn. The witness testified that he did chores and helped in various other ways around Queen City Christian Church and during that time he and Bradburn became “good friends.”

Then in 2003 when the reported victim was approximately 12 years old Bradburn began touching his penis both above and under his clothing, eventually leading to masturbation. Most of the incidents repotedly took place at the Pastor’s home in the 400 block of Main St.

This molestation allegedly continued until the boy was about 15 and he and his family moved to another part of Missouri.

The witness goes on to testify that Bradburn would come to the new home and take him back to Queen City once a month and would continue to touch him inappropriately. This went on until the witness’ 18th birthday.

The activity was originally reported to the Kirksville Police Department, who forwarded the tip to Schuyler County. A two month investigation by the State Technical Assistance Team resulted in the minister admitting in a post Miranda interview to fondling the victim beginning at age 13 until the victim was 18.

Bradburn was in court Thursday and applied for s public defender which was denied. Bradburn remains  in custody on a $100,000 cash only bond.

His next court appearance will be Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. for a counsel status hearing.

Donnie King is your overnight news announcer on KMZU 100.7. Send story ideas to [email protected]