A D.C. police officer who was also a pastor was charged Monday with sexually abusing a teenager who attended the church that he led.
Darrell Best, 45, of Upper Marlboro was arrested in Largo at about 9 p.m. Monday, two days after the teen came forward to report the abuse, according to a D.C. police press release. Best was charged with first-degree sex abuse of a minor.
The police statement said that the victim, who is 16, told police that Best was her pastor at God-A Second Chance Ministry Church and that he abused her three times, starting in December. Police obtained a warrant for Best’s arrest the next day.
A website lists Best as senior pastor at the non-denominational church on Southern Avenue SE.
D.C. Police spokeswoman Gwen Crump said that Best has served on the police force for 25 years, and is now on administrative leave.
This story has been updated.