GASTONIA, N.C. — A North Carolina man is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl he knew from church at a city park, WBTV reported.
David Glenn Scott, 51, of Bessemer City, allegedly assaulted the child from February to June 20 at Bradley Center Park on Modena Street in Gastonia.
The incidents allegedly occurred at various times of the day and some reportedly took place on the playground.
Police said the suspect was charged Monday after the young victim’s mother reported that her daughter was sexually assaulted.
The Gaston Gazette reported that the suspect met the victim through neighborhood friends. The paper reported that the suspect would take the family to and from church, and occasionally join them for outings such as swimming.
Police said the suspect was exposed to numerous children, as he also drove others to and from church. They said they do not know of any other potential victims.
Police told WBTV that parents who know the suspect should talk to their children and call police if necessary.
The suspect is not a staff member of the church and the alleged incidences did not occur at church events, authorities said. He reportedly does not have a criminal history.
The suspect has been charged with two counts of sexual offense with a child and six counts of indecent liberties with a child.
He was placed in the Gaston County Jail under a $1 million bond and had court planned for Tuesday.
The victim’s mother told The Gaston Gazette that her once-positive opinion of the suspect has changed. She described him as a “sorry scumbag” who “needs to be treated the same way my daughter was.”