Crime Watch 8

Former pastor, school nurse gets 105-year sentence for molesting children

MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) — A former pastor and school nurse has been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for molesting children.

The Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office says Brian Couch received a 105-year sentence on Wednesday.

Couch had been charged to two cases involving the molestation of several girls.

“Other kids are put to bed and told that monsters don’t exist, but the victim here was forced to live with hers,” Deputy Prosecutor Jagen Arnold told the court. “Brian Couch is the proverbial monster under the bed. The victims are serving a life sentence, he deserves one too.”

Arnold had requested a maximum sentence of 150 years in prison.

Charges were filed against Couch in August 2019 and July 2020.

Couch took a plea agreement, pleading guilty to three felony counts of child molesting, receiving a 35-year sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction for each.

“As the prosecutor, I take tremendous comfort in the fact that Brian Couch will spend the rest of his life in prison and that the only way he will leave prison will be in a pine box,” Delaware County Prosecutor Eric Hoffman said in a statement. “He will no longer have the ability hurt another child.”