December 6, 2016
A Volusia County-based youth counselor was arrested on a molestation charge Monday night after a 12-year-old boy claims the man molested him multiple times during the year, according to reports.
The 31-year-old was charged with one count of lewd and lascivious molestation and was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on a $50,000 bond.
The man has a history of mentoring children.
The investigation into the man began a week ago after the boy allegedly disclosed to his therapist that the man had molested him. The man apparently took the boy to church activities and to play tennis.
While visiting the man at his house, the boy claims he was molested on several occasions. He also said the man had shown him pornography on his phone and computer, with most of the images involving young boys.
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office investigators said the man has been mentoring youth, both at a church and at a children’s home.
Investigators seized property from the man’s home on Monday night while serving a search warrant to determine if he’s in possession of child pornography.
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