Sex Offender Fired From Church After Second Charge

| January 31, 2012

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A church employee accused of a sex crime against a young girl is out of a job.

William Harrison, Jr. was arrested by Williamston Police Friday.

He is charged with two counts of lewd act on a minor.

Police say the crimes happened in Williamston, where Harrison lives.

Harrison was already on the Sex Offender Registry from a 1997 arrest and conviction of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Records show he did jail time and was released in 2004.

Three years later, he came to Redemption World Outreach Center on Haywood Road in Greenville and was hired with a criminal background.

The church says they immediately fired Harrison after finding out about his latest arrest. 7 On Your Side wanted to know why Harrison was hired in the first place with a criminal background.

The church says he worked off campus as a manager of halfway houses.

Anytime Harrison had to come to campus, the staff says he was always supervised and he was not allowed to be alone with children.

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