RUNNELS COUNTY - The former youth pastor of First Baptist Church in Ballinger arrested for sexual assault of a child in October of 2017, has been indicted by a Runnels County Grand Jury.

RUNNELS COUNTY - The former youth pastor of First Baptist Church in Ballinger arrested for sexual assault of a child in October of 2017, has been indicted by a Runnels County Grand Jury.

Clinton Douglas Brackett, 33, was indicted on May 4, on four counts of sexual assault of a child by the grand jury from the 119th District in Runnels County. If convicted of the second degree felony offences, Brackett could face two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each of the counts.

The charges stem from multiple incidents of alleged sexual assault that reportedly occurred while Brackett was a youth pastor at FBC in Ballinger according to an affidavit. The victim was reportedly under 17 at the time of the alleged sexual assault incidents.

Brackett was arrested Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 on a Runnels County warrant and booked into the Smith County Jail. At the time the warrant was obtained by the Texas Rangers, Brackett was working as the director of student Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Lindale. Church officials there confirmed that he was immediately terminated after the arrest.

He posted a $100,000 bond and was told to have no contact with the victim.

Brackett’s initial arrest was the result of information obtained from a traffic stop by the Texas Highway Patrol on Sept. 30, 2017 in Runnels County, when the female victim asked the trooper to meet with her and her parents.

During an interview with the Texas Ranger, the victim said that the incidents occurred from 2015 and 2016 and occurred in various locales, including Brackett’s home, office and car.

The victim told investigators she stopped communicating with Brackett for some time after he moved to East Texas but later resumed communication via social media.

After the arrest, a search warrant was issued by the Texas Rangers for all information stored on Brackett’s social media accounts as well as the victim’s.

The case has been turned over to the Texas Attorney General’s Office who will try the case.