Asst. Police Chaplain Arrested - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Asst. Police Chaplain Arrested

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Jessica Daley


A man many have trusted and looked up to over the years now faces some serious charges for allegedly stealing from a man he was supposed to be taking care of.

A several-week investigation led to the arrest of the Des Moines police assistant chaplain.
Pastor Sherman Brown is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from an adult male who he is power of attorney for. He's charged with first degree theft and dependent adult abuse through financial exploitation.

ABC5 reached Pastor Brown. He declined to comment.

"Totally devastated. I just felt so bad," said Rev. Carolyn King of how she felt when the police chief told her about the charges. She is the chaplain for the Des Moines Police Department. She was also a member of Brown's church for many years.

"Pastor Brown's a good person, a good-hearted person, give you the shirt of his back. He's a great teacher and student of the word," she said.

When the investigation began in July, Brown stepped down from his volunteer position as assistant police chaplain. Chaplains give the police force religious guidance, volunteer at events and help act as a liaison between the community and police.

Police said this doesn't reflect badly on the department, in fact, they feel let down like many others.
"A lot of people have a lot of faith and a lot of trust in him, and they're going to be very let down based on what happened," said police spokesman Sgt. Chris Scott. "We're going to be one of those victims."

Rev. King said now's the time to pray for Brown and his family and remember everyone's innocent until proven guilty.

"Any time the clergy mess up, it's a really big deal. What people don't realize is I'm a person just like you are. I'm going to make mistakes, and I'm going to ask to be forgiven."

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