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Church volunteer accused of sexually assaulting teen girl

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A handcuffed William Hughes is walked out of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. (Jan. 15, 2012/FOX Carolina) A handcuffed William Hughes is walked out of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. (Jan. 15, 2012/FOX Carolina)

A volunteer at a Spartanburg church is accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl, according to Spartanburg County deputies.

Deputies said the girl, who was between 14 and 16 years old, met 71-year-old William Hughes while attending a service at Restoration Church on Jan. 9. They said that Hughes had the girl come to his home after the service. They said that during her visit, Hughes supplied her with alcohol and then had sex with her.

Hughes was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to a statement from Restoration Church Senior Pastor Tony Cribb, Hughes has been a member for nine years and made hospital visits for the church.

"Needless to say, we were very shocked and saddened by this news," Cribb said in the statement. "We are presently and will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation by the sheriff's office."

Lt. Tony Ivey, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said Hughes worked as a volunteer chaplain with the department until 2010. Ivey said Hughes was also accompanied by other staff when he served.

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