A church volunteer in the Upstate who also worked as a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s chaplain is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
Spartanburg county deputies say 71-year-old William Hughes of Boiling Springs is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Hughes has been a member of Restoration Church for nine years and volunteered for seven years. Officials at the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said Hughes had been a volunteer chaplain for the sheriff’s office in the past.
Investigators say the victim told her father that she had attended a service at the church on January 9. The girl claimed that, while at church, Hughes had her accompany him to his home and offered her a drink. The victim said she accepted a diet drink, but did not like it. She said Hughes then gave her some alcoholic beverages and she drank the alcohol. According to the victim, the next thing she remembered was waking up and putting her pants on. Deputies said Hughes sexually assaulted the victim.
The girl’s father told deputies that he thought his daughter’s eyes “looked funny” when she returned home that night. He also said she vomited, but the father knew a sibling had just had a stomach virus so he didn’t think it was unusual. The report states that the girl told her boyfriend about the incident, and the boyfriend told her father, who then reported it to sheriff’s deputies.
Hughes’ service with the sheriff’s office ended after allegations that he inappropriately touched a child. At that time, officials said there was not enough evidence to pursue that case.