The room was rented under the church’s name. The officer did not locate the girl at the motel.
Later on July 1, the teenager’s mother found her at a Walmart in the area. Her mother brought the girl to the Vernon Police Dept.
The girl told police she had been having sexual intercourse with Brian Pounds at the motel at about noon that day, and said she had smoked methamphetamine in the room.
The girl told police she and Pounds had been having intercourse for about one month. She said Pounds had originally been “counseling her and her family through the church,” according to an arrest warrant.
Later, at the Vernon Police Dept., Brian Pounds denied any sexual contact with the girl. Pounds signed a consent form and police then searched the motel room.
Officers found physical evidence including fibers, hairs and suspected meth in the motel room, according to Vernon Police.
The teenage girl was examined at a Wichita Falls hospital, and was additionally treated for medical complications from smoking meth, police said.