Ordained Church Deacon Suspect

Suspect Photo Courtesy: Houston Police Department

Houston Texas Police investigators are asking the public for any information and looking for any victim who had contact with 55-year-old Barry Todd Durrell, an ordained church deacon at West Houston Seventh Day Adventist Church at 2390 West Sam Houston Parkway North.  Charges have been filed against the suspect. Police believe Durrell is responsible for at least 2 sexual assaults in Houston since May 2016.

The mother of a two-year-old boy found her son and Burrell inside the church closet where he allegedly assaulted the child in May last year. The victim’s mother also later found the child and the suspect in the closet by themselves.  Houston Police say a second 7-year-old boy came forward and told family members about ongoing sexual assaults in February 2017.  The 7-year-old boy told investigators he was sexually assaulted at 2900 West Same Houston Parkway South and 300 Memorial City Way.

Police say over several years, the suspect gained the trust of the church’s unsuspecting families.

If you can help with the investigation, contact HPD Special Victims Division at 713-830-3254 or Crimestoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

 

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