Friday, February 19, 2010

Church Official Charged with Sexual Misconduct

Pamplico church official faces criminal sexual conduct charges
By Jamie Rogers | Morning News Reporter
Published: February 17, 2010

PAMPLICO—A Pamplico man was arrested in Clarendon County after deputies believe he sexually assaulted two children at the Turbeville church where he was employed, Clarendon County Sheriff’s Detective Rick Elms said.

Arley Atchley,53, of 4181 Sheminally Road is charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, Elms said.

Clarendon deputies were investigating another unrelated sexual assault case at the Free Will Baptist Home for Children in Turbeville when two boys who lived at the complex told a minister that the suspect had sexually assaulted them.

The alleged assaults happened sometime during the suspect’s tenure at the home which was from 2004 to 2009 when he was laid off, Elms said.

Deputies said after leaving the children’s home he was employed at a Pamplico church but it is unclear if he is still working there.

Atchley was arrested Thursday and was released from the Clarendon County Detention Center. Bond and date of release information wasn’t available from the center.

Elms said the unrelated sexual assault case at Free Will Baptist Home for Children is an ongoing investigation. He declined to comment further on the case.

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