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By Dan Billow
December 17, 2016

[with video]

A Cocoa church youth director has been charged with the sexual molestation of a girl he met through the ministry. His alleged illegal relationship with her resulted in charges of 14 instances of lewd or lascivious battery.

Jon Schils, 27, was arrested shortly after investigators recorded a phone call between him and the 14-year-old alleged victim, in which a police report said Schils told the girl not to talk to her mother about having sex. Detectives said they found evidence of sex at or near the Canaveral Groves ballfield where the two allegedly met. At first, the report said, the meetings were innocent. But before long, the alleged victim told detectives, the two had sexual intercourse 14 times.

"We charge everything the law will permit us to charge. Certainly, there’s also, before we make any charging decision, we’re also in consultation with the victim," prosecutor Gary Beatty said.

At Bethel Baptist Church, the pastor said he is in a state of shock and disbelief. He said Schils was made volunteer youth director in October, which is when the meetings with the alleged victim began, and also helped out during the church’s after-school sports program.








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