Church Volunteer Faces 8 Additional Sex Assault Charges
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Police say that North Charleston church volunteer, Jacop Robert Lee Hazlett, recorded sexually assaulting a 3-year-old boy in a bathroom is now facing eight additional charges.
According to court records, Hazlett is now charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor with an additional seven counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
There were no details given on the additional charges.
NewSpring Church officials last month reviewed video of the room where Hazlett volunteered and found he had sexually assaulted at least 14 children inside a bathroom, the lawsuit said.
The camera is outside the bathroom, which has a split door. Volunteers close the bottom half when a child is in the restroom, according to the lawsuit.
Hazlett passed a background check and NewSpring is cooperating with investigators, the church said in a statement.
“NewSpring 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,” said the statement from the church, which added the cameras in each room where children are kept is an added security measure.
Hazlett remains in jail. Court records didn’t indicate if he had an attorney.
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