Queen City pastor charged with sodomizing teen boy for years
QUEEN CITY, Mo. —
A northeast Missouri minister is charged with a sex crime against an underage boy.
Pastor George Bradburn, 68, of Queen City Christian Church is charged with one count of first-degree statutory sodomy.
Schuyler County Sheriff Joe Wuebker said his office arrested Bradburn at his Queen City home on Tuesday.
The arrest comes after a two-month investigation.
Wuebker originally received a tip from the Kirksville Police Department on April 12, 2016, after the incident was reported to that department.
After speaking with the alleged victim, Wuebker determined, due to particular circumstances with this case, the investigation would be turned over to the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team (STAT).
Brian Bailey with the STAT conducted an interview with the victim on May 3, 2016, regarding the sexual abuse allegation. The victim stated when he was a juvenile, he and his family came to know Bradburn as the pastor of a local church.
The victim then stated at approximately age 9 he began spending time at the church assisting in various duties such as cleaning or helping out, when he and Bradburn became good friends.
The victim described when he was approximately age 12, Bradburn began touching his private parts, both over and under the clothing, with his hands.
The teen recalled this happening "several times per week" until the age of approximately 15, at which time the boy went to live in another part of Missouri.
The victim then stated Bradburn would come pick him up once per month and bring him back to Queen City for visits, at which time victim reported the encounters continued by Bradburn. This cycle continued until the victim turned 18.
The teen reported the incidents normally occurred in the pastor's home. The victim also stated Bradburn told him not to tell anyone or both he and Bradburn would get in trouble.
On June 14, 2016, Bailey conducted an interview with Bradburn. During this interview, the sheriff's office says the minister admitted to fondling the victim beginning when the boy was approximately 13 years old.
Investigators say Bradburn admitted to sexual acts with the victim approximately 50 times from the age of 13 until he was 18 years old.
Bradburn also stated the incidents occurred in his home located in Queen City.
Bradburn is currently being held in the Adair County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond.
Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office.
Wuebker says charges against Bradburn are mere accusations at this time and all subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.