Local music minister arrested for child molestation
Enterprise Staff Writer
The Douglas Enterprise
October 6, 2010
| Russell Brooks, the music minister at Eastside Baptist Church in Douglas, was recently arrested and charged with three counts of child molestation. He remains in the Coffee County Jail.
The Coffee County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) arrested a local music minister on Thursday afternoon, September 23, and charged him with three counts of child molestation.
According to CCSO officials, Russell Dwain Brooks, age 46, the music minister at Eastside Baptist Church, was arrested on Thursday and charged with three counts of child molestation. Brooks had no contact with the youth of the church or the church’s pre-k school, according to Eastside Baptist Church officials.
CCSO officials say the charges stem from incidents that occurred in July, August, and September.
Officials say Brooks was a resident of 130 Circle K Road in Douglas.
According to CCSO officials, Brooks was still being held in the Coffee County Jail as of press time on Friday.
Eastside Baptist Church Pastor and local Ministerial Association President John Dobbins was contacted by The Enterprise, and he stated, “Unfortunately we had had one person in our church that has fallen to sin, but we have hundreds of others who continue to work for the Lord and do everything the right way. Our church is not going to allow the enemy to get glory for this and we are not going to wallow in self-pity. We are going to get out and minister for the Lord because our church has too much good to offer to allow this to bring us down.”
Dobbins stressed that Brooks “had no contact with the youth of the church or attendees of the church’s pre-k school.”
This is the second local church official arrested recently on child molestation charges, as earlier this month the former headmaster and pastor of First Community Church and Faith Christian Academy, 50-year old Steven Arthur Rowe, was arrested and charged with six counts of child molestation.
SBP Note: Eastside Baptist Church in Douglas, Georgia, is shown as being an SBC-affiliated church.