Washington Church Youth Leader Charged With Child Molestation, Authorities Believe More Victims Exist and Urge Them to Come Forward

A church youth leader in Washington state has been charged with child molestation, and authorities believe additional youth have been victimized and are urging them to come forward.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Robert Wilson Rector, 29, is now facing a variety of criminal charges, local reports said, including four counts of third-degree child molestation, and one count of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation.

Deputies said Rector had been involved with several church youth groups, civic groups, and other groups in Clark County, which is located just north of Portland, Oregon.

Court documents detail the account from a then 15-year-old boy last summer, who told detectives that Rector had a sleepover at his home with kids from church.

The boy recounted that Rector inappropriately touched his crotch four different times when he thought he was asleep and massaged his back and thigh. The boy said he felt confused and uncomfortable but said nothing as he did not know what to say.

“It took them a while to come forward and we feel that there’s other people out there in the same boat,” said Wayne Phillip, who is a detective with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

“This may be a way for them to talk about what happened to them as well.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter