A NewSpring Church volunteer was arrested after he was caught on camera performing oral sex on a 3-year-old child.
Jacop Robert Lee Hazlett, 28, charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, was denied bond on Wednesday, WCSC reported.
The incident occurred on Sunday at the South Carolina megachurch, when Hazlett escorted a 3-year-old boy into a bathroom. The suspect performed oral sex on the boy after the boy used the restroom, before pulling his pants back up.
An investigator revealed that the crime was caught on camera that was stationed outside the bathroom.
NewSpring released a statement, explaining that it was made aware about Hazlett’s alleged actions on Monday.
“Once we were made aware, we reviewed video footage from the past 90 days in which Hazlett served as a Kidspring volunteer. In the videos, it appears there was inappropriate conduct by Hazlett,” the statement explained.
“We immediately took steps to prevent Hazlett from volunteering in any capacity at our church in the future and, at the same time, we reported this information to law enforcement. NewSpring is fully cooperating with law enforcement’s ongoing investigation.”
The church insisted that it is “steadfastly committed to safety and security, and because of this commitment, we have an extensive screening process for all adults before they are allowed to volunteer with children, birth through 12th grade.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov