Church volunteer accused of molesting boy

| August 12, 2009

LAKELAND, Fla. — A church volunteer has been arrested on charges that he sexually battered a 13-year-old boy and had intercourse with him without disclosing that he is HIV positive.

Jere Michael Temple began spending time with the victim about six months ago, after meeting him at the Rainbow Promise Community Church in Auburndale. Rev. Karen Ducham says Temple attended services and was a volunteer.

According to the Lakeland Police Department, Temple spent weekends with the teen and acted as a mentor. The victim told a detective the 58-year-old man had unprotected sex with him on multiple occasions.

The teen told his mother about the incidents on Friday. She reported the crime to police.

Temple is being held on $1.25 million bond.


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