Former Spring Lake Park church leader charged with criminal sexual conduct

  • Article by: LORA PABST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 15, 2009 - 7:05 AM

Former church leader charged with criminal sexual conduct.

A former youth group leader for a Spring Lake Park church is accused of molesting two teenage boys over a period of several years.

Paul Alan Brandon, 45, of Brooklyn Park, has been charged with one count each of second-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with incidents stemming from between 2002 and 2005.

According to the criminal charges, Brandon served as the leader of a group for high school students between 2000 and 2007. After the group met on Friday nights, Brandon would often invite several boys to a sleepover at his house, where his basement was filled with eight computers, a pool table, large screen TV, and free pop, candy and popcorn machines. When the boys would go to sleep around 3 a.m., Brandon would set up sleeping bags and usually sleep between two boys, the charges said.

One victim, who was 16 when he started attending the sleepovers in 2002, told authorities that Brandon would rub his back, buttocks, chest and genital area. The boy attended sleepovers at Brandon's house between 2002 and 2004, at times trying to sleep away from Brandon. At first the boy did not tell anyone about the incidents, but he later told his pastor after he saw Brandon talking to another boy.

Another victim, a 15-year-old boy, told authorities that he attended the sleepovers for a few months in 2005. He said Brandon would rub against him while they were sleeping. Brandon told police he didn't have sexual contact with that victim, but said "it was possible that he did this while sleeping," according to the charges.

Brandon is not currently in custody.

Lora Pabst • 612-673-4628

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