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Update: Bluefield church volunteer accused of sexual abuse

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Bluefield, W.Va.--Westminister Pastor Jonathan Rockness released the following statement after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced involving an un-named youth volunteer:

"From the moment the church leadership first suspected any misconduct, we have aggressively pursued the truth and we have continually reported all findings to the State Police.  We continue to cooperate with their investigation, as we are committed to the truth coming to light and justice being served. We are devastated for any individuals and families who may be potential victims, and we pray that the investigative process will help bring them healing," says Pastor Jonathan Rockness.

 

Original post--A youth mentor at a local church is under investigation for sexual abuse. 

According to Sgt. Melissa Clemons with the West Virginia State Police, the investigation centers around a man who was actively involved in the youth group at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bluefield, W.Va. 

Clemons says twelve individuals have come forward with complaints of abuse so far, some dating back to 1986. The unidentified man led mission trips for the church and served as a WE CAN (Working to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect) volunteer in the 1990's.  

Clemons says she was contacted by leaders at Westminster on November 1 concerning alleged abuse involving a juvenile. She says the investigation is ongoing and is urging anyone who was victimized or witnessed the abuse to contact her office at 304.425.2710.

The suspect faces the following charges; sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual abuse by a custodian.

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