Ex-Spartanburg Sheriff's Chaplain Faces Sex Charge

7:32 AM, Jan 16, 2013   |    comments
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - A former chaplain for the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Department has been arrested on a sex charge involving a 15-year-old girl.

Deputies have charged 71-year-old William Hughes of Boiling Springs with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Investigators say Hughes was a volunteer at Restoration Church in Spartanburg and took the girl to his home after a Jan. 9 service. Warrants state that Hughes gave her alcohol and had sex with her.

A sheriff's report says the girl told her boyfriend and he told her father, who called deputies.

Sheriff Chuck Wright says Hughes had worked as a volunteer chaplain for the department until January of last year.

It was not clear if Hughes has an attorney.




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