Tribune-Courier General Manager
The brother of former Marshall County youth minister Robert Byars was arrested on Friday and charged with one count of unlawful transaction with a minor.
Kentucky State Police investigating the case say Robert Byars was passing letters from his jail cell to his brother for delivery to the juvenile at the center of the investigation.
Police say the letters contained requests that the two meet following Robert Byars’ release from jail.
Theodore Byars posted $2,500 bond over the weekend and was released from the Marshall County Detention Center where he was being held.
A Marshall County grand jury has returned a three-count indictment against Robert Byars, the former youth minister of Walnut Street Baptist Church in Benton.
On July 1, State Police officers arrested Byars. He was charged with 15 counts of first degree unlawful transaction with a minor, five counts of third degree sodomy and five counts of third degree rape.
Byars was the youth minister at Walnut Street Baptist Church and many of the crimes are alleged to have taken place on church property.
On Friday, Robert Byars was also charged with an additional count of first degree unlawful transaction with a minor.