Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Child rapist at church told victim "God would want you to do this."

 Investigators say a Hunlock Twp. man affiliated with Roaring Brook Baptist Church convinced an elementary school boy to give him oral sex multiple times by telling him "God would want you to do this."

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The alleged crimes occurred between 2004 and 2006 when the boy was in first or second grade, state police at Shickshinny said.

Richard Garnett, 68, of 347 Roaring Brook Drive, is charged with indecent assault of a person under age 13, statutory rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, endangering the welfare of a child and corruption of minors.

State police are asking more possible victims to come forward.

Garnett, who is awaiting a June sentencing on previous child sex charges, was arrested Tuesday morning and arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Matthew Christopher in Shickshinny. Christopher ordered Garnett jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 cash bail.

Garnett's attorney George Gossett Jr. of Philadelphia said he couldn't comment because he wasn't aware of the specifics of the allegations.

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