Court papers: Fountain pastor accused of sexually assaulting child, trying to bribe victim with money and gifts
FOUNTAIN, Colo. (KKTV) - A southern Colorado pastor is accused of sexually assaulting a preteen over a months-long period.
Court papers obtained by 11 News states the abuse only stopped when the child alerted a school counselor, prompting an investigation.
The Fountain Police Department says it first learned of the allegations last week against Pastor Kevin Daniels Sr. of New Jerusalem Missionary Church. Daniels turned himself in Tuesday and bonded out of jail Wednesday night.
According to the arrest affidavit, the abuse began in February of this year. The affidavit alleges that Daniels started with hugging and tickling, which escalated to touching the child under their clothing with his hands and mouth. The child told police Daniels said not to tell anyone.
“[The victim] said Kevin would try and buy things and would give [the victim] money for things ... [The victim] said he would do that when he touched [the victim].” - Excerpt from the arrest affidavit
Daniels allegedly gave the victim $20 on one occasion, and $100 on another. Another time, he offered to buy the child a PlayStation, the affidavit says.
The child came forward in mid-April.
The child’s mother told police she confronted Daniels one day before he turned himself in. Daniels allegedly claimed he was just tickling the child.
Investigators are now asking anyone who has information in the case or was a victim themselves to call Sgt. Sheyna Marshall at 719-382-6918. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.
Daniels faces charges of sexual assault on a child under 15 by one in a position of trust.
According to a bio on the church website, Daniels has been an ordained minister since 1999 and has been in the Colorado Springs area since 2009. The bio states he served as the Fountain Police Department chaplain; the police department confirms he held that role until last year.
Widefield School District 3 confirms Daniels worked as a bus driver for the district from May 2019 until December that same year.
New Jerusalem Missionary Church released the following statement Thursday:
“The New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church is aware of an accusation and subsequent legal charges against our Pastor, Kevin T. Daniels, Sr. We take this matter seriously and are cooperating with the Fountain Colorado Police Department.
“As a Christian community we will continue to pray and look to the hills from which cometh our help which is in Jesus Christ. In the interest of privacy and respect for the legal process for all involved, we will have no further comment.”
Police are investigating whether any of the crimes occurred on church grounds.
Below are resources for victims and families:
Safe Passage Colorado Springs: 719-636-2460
El Paso County Child Protective Services: 1-844-264‑5437
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