CONCORD, N.C. — A Concord pastor is facing more child sex assault charges after two more victims under the age of 16 have come forward, police said Monday.
Brian Mahiques has already been facing two counts of statutory sex offense and three counts of indecent liberties with a minor. He was the youth pastor of the Refuge Church when the alleged sexual offenses happened from 2005-2006.
“You respect elders and the authority of others, and they probably got where they trusted this guy and he took advantage of both,” said Maj. Bobby Ledwell, with the Concord Police Department.
The two victims, members of the church youth group, said they were sexually assaulted multiple times, according to police. Both were under 16 at the time of the crime.
Police started looking into Brian Mahiques in the spring of 2019 when they received a report from the Cabarrus County Department of Social Services.
“The offenses occurred between 2005 and 2006 but the young man who was the victim had just told his mom about this in 2019," said Ledwell.
On Monday, police announced two additional victims had come forward with allegations. Mahiques has now been charged with another count of statutory sex offense and three more counts of indecent liberties with a minor.
In total, Mahiques has been charged with three counts of statutory sex offense of a child and six counts of indecent liberties with a minor. As of now, four victims have come forward and the investigation continues.
Mahiques was given an additional $1 million bond, bringing his total bond to $2 million. He remains in the Cabarrus County Jail.
Brian Mahiques is the lead pastor of Encounter Church in Concord and also instructs kids at a private school operated by the church.
Full statement from Encounter Church and The Daniel Academy of Concord:
"The board and senior leadership of Encounter Church and The Daniel Academy of Concord is aware of allegations that were brought forward yesterday afternoon concerning Pastor Brian Mahiques. We are waiting for the due process of law to unfold.
Meanwhile, we pray for truth, light, and grace to abound, inviting the Spirit of God to lead us in these moments. Just as our church supports fellow members in good times, we also stand beside them offering prayer and strength in difficult times.
We are supporting Pastor Sarah and the family in all ways possible and ask that people be respectful and mindful of the family as they are going through this. We are grateful for the loving response of the community.
Our Lord Jesus Christ brings redemption out of the most troubling and tragic circumstances. As we seek what abundant life looks like in these times we will be partaking in communion daily and invite you to do the same."
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