(WSYR-TV) — The Sumner County (Tenn.) Jail confirmed that Benjamin Widrick, 24, of Camillus was arrested on three counts of statutory rape on Tuesday, June 4.
Widrick was serving as a student-intern at Long Hollow Baptist Church. The church says the incident took place while he was doing a 10-week internship last summer.
“The timeline is fuzzy (and details are still coming together), but the abuse appears to have taken place last summer during the former intern’s 10-week service period with our student team at the Gallatin Campus,” Senior Pastor Robby Gallaty said in a statement.
Gallaty said one of the student pastors first heard rumors in December 2018 and it was immediately reported to the Gallatin Police Department and Long Hollow leadership team. The case was then turned over to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department.
The church says they’ve also now restricted interns from befriending students on social media. They’ve also updated transportation policies, enhanced their training process, and “developed a comprehensive Child Protection Policy which includes an extra layer of safeguards, accountability, and training.”
Widrick was arraigned in Sumner County court, and according to the Sumner County Jail, has since posted $20,000 bond.
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