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Ex-W.Va. church youth volunteer facing sex charges

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. -- A former volunteer in a Bluefield church's youth program has been arrested on numerous child sex abuse charges.

Media outlets report 55-year-old Timothy Probert was arraigned Thursday in Mercer County Magistrate Court on 38 counts, including 22 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian.

State Police Sgt. M.D. Clemons says the alleged incidents involved boys ages 12 to 17 and go as far back as 1986. Clemons says some charges involved mission trips and alleged incidents at Probert's home and that none occurred on Westminster Presbyterian Church property.

Senior Pastor Jonathan Rockness says the church is deeply saddened by the allegations. He says the church has fully cooperated with police.

Probert is free on $100,000 bond. An attorney for him didn't immediately return a telephone message Thursday.



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