Gaston Co. man charged with sexually assaulting young girl

Gaston Co. man charged with sexually assaulting young girl

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 12:00 AM

GASTONIA, N.C. -- Gastonia Police have charged a 51-year-old Bessemer City man with repeatedly sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

David Glenn Scott of 218 North Pinchback Avenue is facing two counts of sexual offense with a child and six counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Investigators said Scott was known to the girl and her family and regularly drove her to services at the Revolution Church in Gastonia where he was a member.

"They knew each other through the church and he was a trusted person," said Donna Lahser of the Gastonia Police Department.

Ben Hibberts, who is a leader at Revolution Church, said after Scott's arrest, "You can imagine there is a lot of grief, there is a lot of hurt, and there is some anger."

Hibberts and police said the assaults on the little girl did not happen at the church.  They said Scott admitted he took the girl to nearby Bradley Center and Park on Modena Street.

Hibberts said Scott could be aloof at times but was still shocked to here of the sex charges involving a child.

"He was a little unusual but not in that manner," said Hibberts.

There was no answer Tuesday night at the home in Bessemer City where Scott lives.  A neighbor next door, Evelyn Burris, was clearly surprised to hear the charges against a man she thought she could trust.

"He's always been a great neighbor and a good Christian man," Burris said.

After his first court appearance, Scott was ordered held at the Gaston County Jail on a bond of $1 million.

Police said they have no evidence that there are any other potential victims, but they are asking any parents of children who may have known Scott to have a talk with them.

If any parent then feels the need to talk to investigators they can do so by calling Gastonia Police at 704-866-6702.

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