Of all places, church is one where children should be safe. But, as one Fort Worth family knows, child molestation can happen anywhere.
A 19-year-old church-daycare volunteer at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Lake Worth has been arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 6. According to the police report, the assault involved a 4-year-old boy and took place inside the children’s ministry.
The incident occurred during church services. As the child’s family was leaving the church, the victim told his mother that a “boy put his mouth on him.” He then pointed to his crotch area. His mother took him back inside where the child pointed at a teen volunteer. The volunteer, 19-year-old Ryan Welborn, had to be separated from the angry mother. The police were called immediately.
DNA was taken from both Welborn and the child. Once the samples were analyzed, Welborn was arrested and charged with daycare sexual assault. He has been released on $30,000 bail.
Welborn and his family were longtime members of the church. Wellborn had been a volunteer in the children’s church ministry for about a year. He had no prior convictions. The investigation is ongoing.
Pastor Jim Turner says that the church has installed cameras in every room where children are cared for and will now perform background checks on all volunteers and employees. Police are trying to determine if there are other victims. Pastor Turner believes that there are not.
The police request that anyone with relevant information contact them at 817-237-1224.