By Douglas Fritz & Jessie Gavin, Digital Journalist
A former church youth volunteer, Tim Probert of Bluefield, has been accused of sexually assaulting about a dozen victims between 1986 and 2010.
He is charged with multiple counts of felony child abuse including 22 counts of sex abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, 7 counts of third degree sexual assault, 2 counts of use of a minor in sexually explicit content, and 1 count distribution of sexual content with the intent to seduce a minor. The alleged victims were all male and ranged in age from 12 to 17.
According to church officials, Probert was never employed by the church but acted as a volunteer, often attending retreats as a chaperone for children. The alleged abuse occurred mainly at the individual’s home and away on mission trips with the church.
It is unclear at the time whether or not the church had employed a background screening agency prior to the hiring of its employees and volunteers. During a press release from the church, Westminster Presbyterian Pastor Jonathan Rockness stated: “We are also committed to a careful re-examination of all our child and youth safeguarding measures and policies. While we cannot control all things, we are committed to doing everything in our power to minimize the opportunities for the abuse of children and youth to occur within our environment.” Click here to read the full story