Complaint alleges Van Alstyne youth pastor sexually assaulted teen at church

Published: Aug. 27, 2018 at 5:57 PM CDT
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We first told you Friday night about a Van Alstyne church youth leader arrested on sexual assault charges.

Now, we have information that this may have gone on for about a year.

Timothy Urban, 52, was booked into the Grayson County jail Friday night on six counts of sexual assault.

"This investigation between Van Alstyne Police and the Texas Rangers has been ongoing for some time," said Grayson County District Attorney Brett Smith.

The complaint from the Texas Rangers alleges Urban, the youth director at the First United Methodist Church of Van Alstyne, began flirting with a 16-year-old girl in the summer of 2015.

It says the flirting escalated to inappropriate touching and oral sex, and the sexual encounters usually took place in the church or in a vehicle.

The last reported encounter allegedly happened in April of 2016.

"After being interviewed. he made some incriminating statements," Smith said. "This investigation is still ongoing."

The complaint says the victim went to Van Alstyne Police in July.

She turned over hundreds of videos, photos and text messages to police.

In August, during an interview investigators told her to text Urban. She did, saying she felt disturbed about their relationship.

The complaint states Urban responded, saying he felt absolutely horrible and that he never meant to hurt the teen.

"These are very, very serious allegations," Brett said.

Locals said the news is shocking.

"The people that are associated with kids are the ones people should trust and not have to fear in any way," said Jon Bormann.

Pastor Scott Holcomb-McLain did not want to speak on camera but tells us Urban was immediately suspended and the church is offering counseling for anyone who wants it.

Urban's bond was set at $750,000.