Church Shocked at Volunteer Who Now Faces Child Sex Charges Will Now Add More Security

| January 18, 2013

A volunteer with a Spartanburg County church has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a young girl who he befriended, authorities say. Now that church will add more security.

Lieutenant Tony Ivey of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's office said that 71-year-old William Clifford Hughes, of Boiling Springs, was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 16 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to Ivey, a report was filed with the Sheriff's Office on January 12 detailing allegations of sexual conduct between Hughes and a young female, who he met at Restoartion Church as a volunteer. A copy of the report obtained from the Sheriff's Office states that Hughes met the girl during a Wednesday night service at the church and asked her to accompany him to his house on Bay Hill Drive following the service. Once there, the girl told deputies that Hughes offered her a drink, which she thought was a diet drink, but she did not like it. The girl then claims that Hughes provided her with alcohol, and the next thing she remembers was waking up and putting her pants on. The girl's father told deputies that when his daughter returned home later that evening she looked strange and vomited.

After receiving the complaint, sheriff's office investigators presented evidence to a judge, who issued the arrest warrants against Hughes. Ivey added that Hughes served as volunteer chaplain with the Sheriff's Office for a year-and-a-half until 2010. He was never in a position where he served without the presence of one or more additional chaplains, Ivey stated.

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