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Ex-youth director accused of sex with 14-year-old

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James Smith (Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office) James Smith (Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office)
WALHALLA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A former youth director at a West Union church was arrested Wednesday after Oconee County deputies said he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old last year.

James Smith, 37, was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of lewd act upon a child.

Investigators said that Smith sexually assaulted the child between January and June of last year.

Deputies said they learned that Smith was formerly a youth director at Ebenezer Baptist Church. They said the victim also attended the church. They did not say if any of the alleged sexual encounters happened at the church.

Smith was being held at the Oconee County Detention Center.

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