A former Van Alstyne youth pastor accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in 2015 and 2016 got his bond reduced Monday.
Timothy Urban, 52, faces six felony sex charges, including sexual assault of a child and inducing sexual performance by a child, after investigators say he repeatedly engaged in sex acts with a 16-year-old girl who attended the First United Methodist Church in Van Alstyne, where he served as the church’s youth director. The bond reduction hearing was held in the 397th District Court before Judge Brian Gary, who lowered Urban’s bond from $450,000 to $300,000 and required the defendant to wear an electronic location monitor and to remain under house arrest.
“While we’re grateful that the judge lowered it some, I was hoping he would have lowered it to about $100,000,” Urban’s defense attorney Bob Jarvis said of the bond Monday. “It would have still been a very, very large bond, but the judge heard the evidence, made the decision and we respect it.”
Urban was arrested in August after authorities were contacted by the victim and investigators compiled hundreds of text messages and videos which detailed her exchanges with the youth director. The messages included photos of Urban’s genitals and videos which showed him masturbating. Urban apologized to the teen in text messages she sent after the investigation began, and said he never meant to hurt her. The victim told authorities the sex acts were usually performed in a vehicle or at the church.
Urban’s bond was initially set at $2.25 million but was later lowered to $450,000 by Judge Larry Phillips, who previously handled the matter. A search of Grayson County’s jail records indicated that Urban remained in custody Monday night.
Jarvis said he enlisted a “registered sex offender treatment provider” to testify on behalf of his client Monday and felt the move was helpful in reducing the bond.
“He testified that, based on what he saw, that he’s (Urban) not a danger to society, right now out on bond, and he’s not a flight risk,” Jarvis said.
Urban is scheduled to appear in court again on Jan. 9 for a plea conference.