Village Baptist Church youth pastor arrested on rape complaints

By Johnny Johnson - Staff Writer

The Oklahoman

March 25 , 2009

Doug Davis

THE VILLAGE - A youth minister at Village Baptist Church was arrested this week after a 15-year-old girl told police she had a sexual encounter with him.

Doug Davis, 30, was taken into custody at the church Monday on arrest warrants on complaints of second-degree rape, rape by instrumentation and making lewd proposals to a minor under the age of 16.

Police say the girl was not affiliated with the church and was not a member of the youth group.

“They were apparently family friends,” The Village Deputy Police Chief Steve Jagosh said. “This evolved from friendship and in the real recent past there were sexually explicit text messages that continued for a few days and in two instances they had sexual contact with each other.”

Police found out about the accusations over the weekend when the girl’s parents took her to the police department to file a report.

Jagosh said police don’t have reason to believe there were other victims, but because Davis worked with the same age group at church, police are continuing the investigation to determine if there was any inappropriate contact within the youth group.

Davis, who was booked into the Oklahoma County jail, posted a $40,000 bond Tuesday.

Village Baptist Church leaders would not comment on the arrest, but an e-mail sent to church members said that because “of a situation in the life of Doug Davis, he has resigned as our student minister.”

The e-mail from pastor Jim Butler said the church has scheduled a meeting for 6:30 tonight to discuss the issue with church youth and their parents.

“Keep our church, our youth group, and Doug in your prayers,” the pastor wrote in the e-mail.

SNAP note: Village Baptist Church is shown as a church affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.