Former North Myrtle Beach church youth minister charged with multiple sex crimes involving minor

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) — The former youth director of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church has been charged with multiple sex crimes involving minors, according to the church.

“I regret to have to inform you that Jacob Ouellette, director of youth ministry at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church and former employee of Holy Trinity Catholic School, has been arrested in connection with a multi-jurisdictional investigation into the sexual exploitation of minors. via the Internet,” the church said on its website.

Jacob Ouellette, 24, is charged with two counts of criminal solicitation of a minor, one count of sexual exploitation of a minor – first degree and criminal sexual acts with a minor under the age of 16 – second degree. He is being held at Al Cannon Detention Center.

Shortly after learning of Ouellette’s arrest, the church placed him on administrative leave, according to the church.

Ouellette, according to the church, has worked at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church since August 2019. He volunteered at Holy Trinity Catholic School from 2016 to 2018 before being hired in October 2018. , he volunteered at St. Andrew’s Catholic School. School for several months in 2019.

“Ouellette has passed a criminal background check, signed the code of conduct required by the diocese, signed an acknowledgment of the diocese’s policy regarding allegations of sexual misconduct and completed training in the prevention of sexual abuse before be allowed to work with diocesan youth,” the church said. .

You can read the church’s full statement here.

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