Paris youth pastor arrested for sexual assault of a child

David Ray Darby (Lamar County Sheriff's Office)

PARIS, Tex. (KXII) - A Paris youth pastor has been arrested for child sex crimes.

The Lamar County Sheriff's Office said in a press release David Ray Darby, 41, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. He is being held in the Lamar County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

The release states Crimes Against Children Detectives began their investigation into Darby in late January after a reported sexual assault.

Court records state the alleged sexual assault occurred Jan. 1 2013.

According to the church's website and Facebook, Darby has been a youth pastor at Freedom Church in Paris since 2018.

The church posted on their Facebook Friday that Darby has been placed on administrative leave until further investigations are completed. They say all volunteers and staff must pass a background check before being allowed to serve in the ministry.