Sunday, February 5, 2023

Church youth worker arrested for a second time for indecent liberties with a minor

Alan Croom is charged with indecent liberties with a minor. (NHCSO).

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A man who was first arrested for indecent liberties with a minor in April has been detained a second time, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Alan Croom was a youth worker at Wrightsboro Baptist Church in Castle Hayne when the crimes were allegedly committed. His two charges are with different victims from over 10 years ago. 

In April, Croom was arrested and charged with indecent liberties with a minor and was bailed out on a $250,000 bond.

According to the sheriff’s office, investigators learned about a second victim over the last month and issued a warrant for Croom’s arrest again. He was apprehended yesterday at the ILM airport after returning from California.

Wrightsboro Baptist Church officials said in a media statement that leaders first notified the sheriff’s office earlier in the year once they learned of the allegations. The church confirmed the minors attended Wrightsboro Baptist but did not reveal their identities.

“This news is certainly distressing,” it provided in a statement. “Our hearts continue to remain very heavy with this news, especially for those who may have been personally impacted.”

The church has banned Croom and noted they will cooperate with authorities during the investigation.

Croom was taken to the New Hanover County Detention Facility, where he received another $250,000 bond.

A person is guilty of indecent liberties with a minor if they engage in immoral acts with any child under the age of 16 for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire. They are also guilty if they willfully commit or attempt to commit any lewd or lascivious act upon or with the body or any part or member of the body of any child under 16. 

The crime is a Class F felony, which carries a 13 to 16 month minimum prison sentence for first-time offenders.

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