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Church Youth Mentor Arrested, Charged With Sexual Assault

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BARRINGTON, Nj. (CBS) — A former youth mentor at a church in Camden County, New Jersey is facing sex crime charges in connection with his interactions with an underage male.

Police arrested 23-year-old Samuel Bangs on Saturday afternoon and charged the Bellmawr man with Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact.

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(Samuel Bangs, 23, is charged with Sexual Assault of a Minor and related offenses.)

Bangs is accused of engaging in illegal sexual conduct with a juvenile male under the age of 16 at various locations, including public parks, over the past two months.

According to police, Bangs met the juvenile while volunteering as a youth mentor at Grace Bible Church in Barrington. At the time of the offenses Bangs was no longer a mentor to the alleged victim.

The alleged victim reported the incidents to police Friday.

Police are urging anyone with information on other inappropriate interactions between Bangs to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator Anthony Roccia at (856) 225-8400.

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