Sex assault, child molestation suspect waives right to bail


SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A former Boy Scouts volunteer accused of sexual assault and child molestation will remain behind bars.

On Wednesday, James Glawson’s attorney said after reviewing his client’s options, he was willing to waive his right to a bail hearing in all three cases against him.

Glawson, 74, of Exeter, agreed to be held without bail pending the movement of the cases to a grand jury. He’s been in custody since his arrest in February.

Earlier this month, Glawson was arraigned on a new charge of first-degree sexual assault, as well as one count each of first- and second-degree child molestation after it was revealed a new victim had come forward.

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.

Before the April 3 hearing, Glawson had already been charged with a dozen counts of sexual assault and a single count of possession of child pornography. He was first arrested 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.

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.

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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