Man who mentors children charged with child molestation

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, May 17, 2013

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW) -- Patrick Brogan, 39, is now sitting behind bars in the Burke County Jail. Investigators say it all stems from an allegation that happened last weekend.

"Apparently he had visited some friends. During the visit, he had some drinks, had some alcohol, and during the night, he committed some inappropriate acts with the child," said Sgt. Matt Raulerson.

Brogan allegedly pulled the front of the child's pajama pants and told the child he just wanted to check if they were a boy or girl. The child's parent say they later found Brogan laying in the child's bed rubbing their shoulders.

Raulerson says the family is devastated and feels their trust was violated.

"He was a friend of the family and they approximately knew him for three years," Raulerson said.

Brogan managed a thrift store in Waynesboro. Deputies say families would frequent the store for inexpensive items. It's not known if that's how he met the victim, but Raulerson says Brogan did have contact with multiple kids.

"Mentoring children through the churches that he attends. Plays several instruments -- he may actually currently be giving lessons to children," Raulerson said.

And to make matters worse, the Sheriff's Office says they are currently looking into other charges.

"We believe that there is a possibility of child pornography. Right now, we are in the process of trying to figure how we are going to approach that angle, as far as the case is concerned," he said.

For now, Brogan is behind bars, waiting for his day in court. Investigators say Brogan has denied most of the allegations and says everything is just a big misunderstanding.

There was also an incident back in 2008 involving a child in Burke County and an earlier allegation from Virginia. The charges were either dropped or reduced because of lack of evidence, but the Burke County Sheriff's Office encourages anyone with a complaint to contact them.

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