Former church director faces 14 sex charges

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A former youth director has been indicted on 14 sex-related charges by the Bullitt County Grand Jury.

Bryan J. Dockery, a former minister at Trinity Life Center in Shepherdsville, was indicted on three counts of sodomy, three counts of unlawful transaction with a minor under 16 years of age and eight counts of sexual abuse.

According to the indictment, Dockery allegedly had deviate sexual contact with a male under the age of 16 on three occasions in August 2011.

From August 2011 through April 2012, Dockery allegedly had improper sexual contact with the same male on at least eight occasions.

And from August 2011 through July 2012, the man caused the minor to engage in illegal sexual activity on at least three occasions.

The most serious of the crimes is the unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class B felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

The other 11 counts are Class D felonies punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

Dockery, 26, of Shepherdsville, was arrested in early July on the charges. He has since been released on bond.

At the time of the allegations, Shepherdsville Police said that Dockery had been a youth director at the church. Some of the allegations occurred on church property and at Dockery’s home, according to Sgt. Michael O’Donnell of the Shepherdsville Police Department.

Det. George Jetter led the investigation.

Dockery was relieved of any church duties. Officials at Trinity Life Center did not comment at the time charges were filed in July.

The original charges were more severe as sodomy in the first degree was alleged. That would have carried a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.

No charges were filed on any other victims.

No trial date has been set.