by: Tony Thomas Updated:
CUMMING, Ga. - A Forsyth County church intern is free on bond after allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a teenager in the congregation.
The First Christian Church of Cumming is a large church with a focus on youth ministry.
Lead Pastor Stan Percival says allegations of child molestation against intern Sean Paul have shaken him and his congregation.
“You would have no idea what our church is going through at this time,” Percival said.
Forsyth County investigators say Paul had multiple inappropriate email and text exchanges with a 15-year-old member of the church. Thomas learned those exchanges included explicit pictures.
“We are not aware that there was any personal contact at this time,” Percival said. “We believe at this time there are no other minors involved in this situation.”
Paul was a part-time intern at the church, working two days a week for the past six months and passed a background check. He resigned as soon as the allegations surfaced.
“How long do you believe this relationship was going?” Thomas asked Doug Rainwater with the Forsyth County Police Department.
“Not very long,” Rainwater said.
Forsyth County investigators are now trying to figure out if there are any other victims across north Georgia.
“Do you have any direct indication that's likely?” Thomas asked Rainwater
“Well, we don't know that,” Rainwater said.
“(That’s) why we are putting this out there, in case it's happened in the past,” Percival said.
Percival said he prays that's not the case. He's already addressed his church once and knows there are many more questions to be faced.
“We do believe in a God that was here before this happened and a God who will see us through this,” Percival said.