New charges filed against former Boy Scout volunteer

New charges filed against former Boy Scout volunteer

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — New charges of sexual assault and child molestation have been filed against a former Boy Scout volunteer.

James Glawson, 74, of Exeter, already faces a dozen counts of sexual assault and a single count of possession of child pornography.

In court Wednesday, it was revealed that at least one more alleged victim has come forward. As a result, Glawson was arraigned on an additional charge of first-degree sexual assault, as well as one count each of first- and second-degree child molestation.

The abuse reportedly happened at Glawson’s home in August 1986. According to court documents, the alleged victim was younger than 13 years old at the time.

Glawson was initially arrested in February in connection with the alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old man, whom prosecutors say Glawson knew had mental disabilities.

Since then, several other people have claimed they were abused by Glawson in the past. All of his alleged victims have been identified as former members of the Boy Scouts, according to R.I. State Police.

The defense said Wednesday they believe this will be the last of the charges against Glawson.

Glawson has been held without bail since his initial arraignment and the judge on Wednesday ordered him to remain behind bars. He’s due back in court for a bail hearing on April 17.

Police say Glawson was affiliated with the Boy Scouts from 1980-2018. Starting in 2012, he was an assistant Catholic chaplain and Eucharistic minister at St. John Bosco Chapel at Yawgoog Scout Reservation in Hopkinton.

He’s also affiliated with St. Bernard Church in North Kingstown and the Immaculate Conception Church in Westerly, according to police.

The Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Diocese of Providence have been cooperating with the investigation since it began.

Tim McCandless, Scout Executive/CEO of the Narragansett Council, released a statement Wednesday saying officials have met with the Scouts and parents of any units that Glawson was affiliated with.

“We are deeply troubled by today’s news,” McCandless wrote. “These behaviors are appalling and completely unacceptable. The safety and protection of children in our Scouting programs continues to be our top priority.”

Read More: Boy Scouts of America Youth Protection Policies »

Day One, a support and advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse and violence, offered their services to those affected by the case. They can be reached at (401) 421-4100.

Anyone who has information on the case or wishes to file a complaint against Glawson is asked to contact R.I. State Police detectives at (401) 764-5346.

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