NJ church organist accused of abusing boys more than 30 years

Watch report from Action News
February 21, 2014 5:10:08 AM PST
A 71-year-old Sicklerville man was arrested Saturday and charged with molesting five boys over the past 30 years.

Police say Joseph Cuthbert came in contact with his victims through his work as an organist a various churches over the years, most recently at Erial Community Church.

But, Church Elder Scott Cooper tells Action News the victim who initiated the investigation and his family are not members of the church. He says the family came to the church board for counseling and the board advised them to call the police.

Police say the victim claims he was abused by Cuthbert starting last September.

During their investigation, they say four more victims have come forward with allegations of abuse dating back to 1984.

Elder Cooper says the church has questioned the families of children who might have interacted with Cuthbert, and he says none of them reported anything unusual.

Read more on this story from our sister station WPVI-TV.

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