Former pastor and school nurse sentenced to 105 years for child molestation

Yorktown, Indiana: In 2019 57-year-old Brian Eugene Couch called into the Yorktown Police Department to report himself. On Wednesday, November 10, 2021 he was sentenced for those crimes.


"Couch said that he wanted to tell police about his inappropriate behavior so that his family could move on," Yorktown police officer Ryan Jaromin wrote in the probable cause affidavit.


For several years Couch had served as a pastor at the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene, and at the time of his arrest, he was working as a nurse assigned to the Yorktown elementary and middle schools.


Initially charged with 11 felonies, Couch pleaded guilty to three charges on July 14, 2021.


Seven of the initial charges centered around a single victim that Couch began abusing when she was just six years old. The abuse happened "almost daily." Other charges related to alleged fondling of three girls when they had visited his home between 2012 and 2016.


No indication is made that children were abused at either the schools or church where he worked.


Testifying during his sentencing hearing, one of his victims told Couch, "You made choices that will stick with me for the rest of my life- you hurt and abused me- you are mean, angry and used and abused almost everyone and everything in your life."


Deputy Prosecutor Jagen Arnold called Couch "the proverbial monster under the bed" while recommending a 150-year sentence.


Delaware Circuit Court 4 Judge John Feick sentenced Couch to 105 years in prison, 35 years for each of the charges he had plead guilty to. His sentences are to be served consecutively.