Camp Counselor Faces Judge for Allegedly Molesting Teen
VERMILION, Ohio – Justin James, 20, of Columbus is now charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in Vermilion.
James was arrested over the weekend after police say he assaulted a 16-year-old boy at a youth retreat at Beulah Beach.
Tuesday, he appeared in Vermilion Municipal Court where a judge ordered James held on $50,000 bond.
Police say James was a group leader for the Judah Christian Community Church in Columbus, who rented the facility for a weeklong retreat.
According to the police report, James not only admitted to molesting the boy when he fell asleep, but told the teenager “forgive me for what I am about to do.”
According to the camp director at Beulah, the church group that James and the boy were with is in no way affiliated with Beulah Beach.
“We are going to take a very close look at every guest group that comes to the beach,” said Ralph Trainer, executive director.
The camp says the incident did not involve any camper, counselor, or employee of Beulah Beach.
Police say the victim told other church staff about the assault, and they immediately called police.
“I think that security is very well here because for one thing, the people that actually reside here are so vigilant,” said Skip Smith, a resident.
And while residents promise to remain vigilant, so does the camp staff, who are already taking steps to prevent something like this from ever happening again.
“We live in an evil world and we will do everything we can to build a hedge around Beulah Beach to prevent any child from being harmed in any way,” added Trainer.