Former Boy Scouts Asst. Chaplain Arrested for Sexually Assaulting 18-Year-Old Disabled Man

Friday, February 15, 2019


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Former Boy Scouts Assistant Chaplain James Glawson was arrested by the Rhode Island State Police for allegedly sexually assaulting an 18-year-old disabled man. 

Glawson is charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree sexual assault.

He was ordered held without bail during his arraignment on Friday.

The Investigation is continuing.

The Investigation

The arrest stemmed from an investigation by members of the Rhode Island State Police Detective Division into a complaint recently filed on behalf of an 18-year-old disabled man who allegedly had been sexually assaulted.

As a result of the investigation, detectives learned that Glawson has been affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America since 1980.

From 2012 to 2018, he served as an assistant Catholic chaplain and Eucharistic minister with the Boy Scouts of America at the St. John Bosco Chapel at Yawgoog Scout Reservation, a summer camp in Hopkinton that is run by the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Glawson also is affiliated with St. Bernard Church in North Kingstown and the Immaculate Conception Church in Westerly.


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