Houston Deacon Sexually Assaulted at Least Two Boys, Police Say

Houston Deacon Sexually Assaulted at Least Two Boys, Police Say
Courtesy Houston Police Department

Houston police have arrested a church deacon they say sexually assaulted two children since last year, and maybe several more.

Barry Todd Durrell, 55, faces charges of super aggravated sexual assault and continuous sexual abuse of a child stemming from at least two incidents at the West Houston Seventh Day Adventist Church at 290 West Sam Houston Parkway.

Police said the first assault happened at the church last May, when Durrell took a two-year-old boy into a closet and sexually assaulted him — only to be discovered by the mother of the child. In February of this year, a seven-year-old boy told family members that he had been repeatedly assaulted by Durrell at the church, where the boy attended a class, and two other locations.

Police believe Durrell may have assaulted more children, and are seeking the public's help. Anyone with information or who may have had contact with Durrell should contact the HPD Special Victims Division at 713-830-3254.

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Houston police said the West Houston Seventh Day Adventist Church has cooperated with investigators.

The church did not immediately return a call for comment.


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