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October 23, 2018

South Jersey man arrested for alleged sexual assault of child during church functions

The alleged assaults took place over a 20-month span

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Gloucester County Community Church.

A Wenonah, New Jersey, man was arrested Monday for allegedly assaulting a child during various church functions.

Jeremy J. Hellyer, 21, allegedly committed the assaults between April 2016 and December 2017 at Gloucester County Community Church in Washington Township, police said, reported.

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Hellyer has been charged with second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, and is being held at the Salem County Correctional Facility ahead of a detention hearing. reports Hellyer did not work at the church.

In early September, in response to Pennsylvania’s grand jury report, New Jersey launched a task force to investigate sexual abuse by clergy members.

The U.S. Justice Department has also reportedly begun investigating clergy-related child abuse across Pennsylvania. 

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