Ascension-area church leader released from jail after new molestation indictment
GONZALES - A minister previously accused of molesting a teenage girl has bonded out of jail after his indictment on new, similar allegations this week.
Rev. Irvin Briley, Jr. was booked into the Ascension Parish jail on one count of molestation of a juvenile. He was released on a $15,000 bond Thursday.
The Attorney General's Office says Briley was formally charged Monday by a grand jury in Ascension Parish. Further details on the new charge were not immediately available.
Briley, 65, was previously indicted in October over allegations that he molested a teenager multiple times over three years, according to the Advocate. He stepped down from his longtime role as pastor at First Pilgrim Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Geismar amid that investigation.
Briley was the president of the East Ascension Ministers' Alliance in 2016 and its vice president in 2012. He also gave the invocation when Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux was sworn in Jan. 2017.
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