Darlington pastor accused of inappropriately touching boy
DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – A Darlington pastor has been arrested after a boy reported that he was touched inappropriately on at least two occasions, according to a news release from Darlington Police. Darlington High School administrators contacted police after they learned the incident involved one of their students.
Kamron Eugene Reames, of Georgiana Lane in Darlington, was arrested Thursday for two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, the release states. Reames could face up to 10 years in prison for each charge. At a hearing on Friday, bond was set at $20,000 cash, or $50,000 surety.
Reames is an Associate Pastor at Central Baptist Church in Darlington and has been with the church since 2002, according to the church's website.
It is alleged that on December 14, Reames touched the juvenile male victim on at least two occasions, according to the news release. The victim reported this to appropriate adult parties, and the Darlington Police Department did initiate an investigation. Danny Watson, Chief of Police with Darlington Police Department says, “They are obviously very sensitive in nature, and you know people make choices and when they make choices, they affect the people around them.”
The Darlington County School District released a statement, which reads in part: "This week Darlington High School administrators were made aware of an incident that occurred off campus involving a Darlington High student. The administrators immediately notified law enforcement. The school district cannot comment on an ongoing investigation."
Police found “compelling evidence” substantiating the victim’s complaint, and an arrest warrant was issued for Reames. He was arrested without incident and taken into custody at the Darlington County Detention Center.“ Watson said, Any kind of criminal sexual assault or cases that are so personal by their nature are difficult to work and they certainly are very trying for the investigators who work them, the victims who are the victims of such acts, as well as members of both persons families.”
During the Friday bond hearing, Reames' father-in-law spoke on behalf of the family to ask that Reames "stay in jail and deny bond because of his suicidal attempts." The family asked for a psychological evaluation, and want him to stay in jail and feel more secure for his well-being. A police official at the hearing spoke up to agree.
Reames' only comment during the hearing was: "I'll do whatever. I'll do whatever." Watson says this is not over and investigators will continue to gather evidence. Reams will appear in court again in February.
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