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Assembly of God pastor arrested

Brian Keith Pounds, pastor of Vernon’s First Assembly of God, was arrested Friday, July 16, 2021 on a felony charge of sexual assault of a child. Pounds was reportedly taken into custody at around noon at a Wichita Falls hospital by Texas DPS Rangers.

Brian Pounds booking photo from arrest on July 16,2021 on a charge of sexual assault of a child.

Pounds was booked into the Wichita County Jail on a Vernon Police Department warrant related to an incident that allegedly occurred on July 1, 2021, according to Vernon Police Chief Randy Agan. On that date a witness reported that Pounds was in the company of a juvenile female at a Vernon motel.

Vernon Police initiated an investigation, and evidence corroborating the event was allegedly obtained. Pounds has been pastor of the Vernon church since 2011 and also reportedly serves as chaplain for the Tyson Foods plant in Vernon. Computers at the church and plant were reportedly seized in relation to this investigation.

Investigators prepared a warrant with the Wilbarger County Justice of the Peace on Monday, July 12 and his arrest has been sought since that date. Pounds is being held in the Wichita County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information about this incident or similar incidents is urged to contact the police department at 940-553-3311.

More information on this story will be in the next print edition of the Vernon Record.


  1. Makayla on July 18, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Wonder if he’s done this before?
    You can’t trust anyone. To go to a hotel with a child and do sexual activities is pure sick. He knew it was wrong. He should not ever be allowed any kids again. And married on top of everything else.
    It caught up with him. Hope Justice is served accordingly. And anyone that takes this man’s side is just as sick.

  2. Makayla on July 18, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Wonder if he has ever done this before and just wasn’t caught. Hope Justice is served. And anyone siding with him is just as sick as he is. Married with kids. Just nasty

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