March 16, 2006

Church volunteer faces sex charges

The Cincinnati Post

Post staff report

A 20-year-old Boone County, Ky., church youth group volunteer was arrested Tuesday on sexual abuse charges after investigators said he fondled a 14-year-old girl at the Burlington church a year and a half ago.

Anthony R. Cummings is charged with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse.

Leaders at the First Church of Christ in Burlington reported the allegations to the Boone County Sheriff's Department immediately after the girl's parents contacted church officials, said sheriff's department spokesman Deputy Tom Scheben. Investigators found evidence Cummings fondled the girl while he volunteered in student ministries on the church campus.

"The parents of the girl found e-mails that the two of them had sent back and forth and contacted the church," Scheben said.

Posted by kshaw at March 16, 2006 02:08 PM