A Wyoming children’s minister admitted he couldn’t be alone with children after molesting a young girl during his Christmas vacation in Florida, cops say.
Richard Scott Shaw, 69, told police he “gave in to temptation” when he allegedly groped the victim – who was under 12 – over her clothes twice while visiting the Sunshine State , the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
The girl confided in her mother shortly after Shaw returned to Wyoming, where he is a worship leader at Under Command Ministries. The enraged relative then called the minister, who allegedly confessed to the evil crime, but claimed it was an accident.
The girl was one of Shaw’s two known victims, police found.
He changed his mind when he was taken into custody last week, telling officers he was “afraid of the consequences”.
“It was not intended to hurt anyone,” Shaw said, according to court documents obtained by Law & Crime.
Shaw allegedly told police he “gave in to temptation” when he groped the girl and that he suffered from an addiction to pornography.
The minister denied detectives’ accusations that he was a “sexual predator” but admitted he should no longer be trusted to be near the girl again, records show.
“When he was asked during the investigation: ‘Should we put a child in your care?’ He said, ‘No, I wouldn’t,'” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference.
“This guy is a mean person.”
Wyoming police are conducting their own investigation to determine whether Shaw abused other children in his home state, where he is affiliated with several churches.
Under Command Ministries, its main organization, did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.
“This man should never be allowed access to children again,” Judd said.
Shaw is charged with two counts of lewd molestation of a child under 12 years old.