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SCITUATE, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Island State Police announced Friday that an Exeter man was arrested on sexual assault charges.

James Glawson, 74, of Exeter, was arrested for sexually assaulting a disabled 18-year-old man, State Police said.

State Police said the arrest stemmed from an investigation into complaint recently filed on behalf of the 18-year-old victim.

Glawson has been affiliated with the Boy Scouts since 1980, served as a chaplain and Eucharistic minister at the Yawgoog scout camp in Hopkinton. Glawson is also affiliated with St. Bernard Church in North Kingstown and Immaculate Conception Church in Westerly.


Tim McCandless, head of the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said in a statement that Glawson’s actions were “reprehensible” and said his involvement with the Scouts was terminated sometime before his arrest.

“Prior to his arrest this individual’s registration in Scouting had previously been revoked for unrelated conduct that failed to meet Scouting standards,” McCandless said. “At that time he was permanently banned from any future participation in Scouting.”

The Diocese of Providence released a statement noting that Glawson was not at any time an employee of the Diocese, and served only as a volunteer.

State Police said both the Boy Scouts of America and the Diocese of Providence were cooperating fully with the investigation.

Glawson was arraigned Friday morning on three counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree sexual assault. He was ordered held without bail pending further court action.

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