UPDATE | Church location released in alleged Vacation Bible School sexual abuse case

Published: Nov. 19, 2019 at 4:14 PM EST
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UPDATE 11/21/19 @ 11:45 a.m.

The Charleston Police Department has released the name of the church where a sexual abuse incident occurred.

A release states the reported incident took place at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church on MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City.

The incident took place in June 2017 during the church's Vacation Bible School program.

Rhett Bowen, 50, is accused of making sexual contact with an underage boy while working as a Vacation Bible School volunteer.

Anyone with reports of incidents involving Bowen is asked to call the Charleston police Department at 304-348-6480.


A man from Charleston is accused of sexually abusing a boy at Vacation Bible School, Charleston Police say.

Rhett Aaron Bowen, 50, was arrested on a warrant for first-degree sexual abuse.

Bowen is accused of making sexual contact with an underage boy while Bowen was working as a Vacation Bible School volunteer at a church in Charleston, according to the Charleston Police Department.

The release does not indicate when the alleged abuse happened.

After Bowen's arrest, additional victims reported to the Charleston Police department that Bowen had abused them. Bowen was known to frequent places in Kanawha City where children are commonly around, according to the release.

If anyone has any information on additional victims, you are asked to call the Charleston Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.

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