A former associate minister with the Church of Christ at Mountain View in Frederick County has been indicted on two counts of indecent liberties with a juvenile.
The accused 36-year-old pastor, Brian Dicken, served at the Church of Christ for 14 years, where he conducted services on Sunday nights and provided counseling for members of the congregation.
According to a Frederick County Sheriff’s Office news release, “the charges stemmed from incidents that occurred in December 2014 while Mr. Dicken was providing counseling services to the victim.”
Capt. Aleck Beeman, of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, said the victim was a female under the age of 18 who was a member of Dicken’s church.
“It’s beyond comprehension,” said David Wright, an elder at the Church of Christ. “We actually announced (the accusations against Dicken) to the congregation last night, and I do believe that everybody in the auditorium was in tears.”
Wright added that Dicken, who has a wife and six children, “was well-loved by everybody.”
Dicken left the Church of Christ in March 2017 to take a position with the Broad Creek Christian Church in New Bern, North Carolina.
The Broad Creek Christian Church could not be reached for comment Thursday, but according to the church’s website, Dicken is the lead minister and is responsible for “casting vision and direction for BCCC and leading the church staff.”
Dicken was originally charged Feb. 8 and remained a fugitive until Thursday, at which point he turned himself in to the Frederick County Circuit Court.
“What we would like is for the truth to be found out,” Wright said. “That’s what we’re praying for. It’s just that we want the truth to be found.”
On Thursday, Dicken was assigned a $10,000 secured bond, and his next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. April 5.
Beeman said it is his understanding that Dicken has returned to North Carolina.