More charges vs. Glawson

James Glawson

[updated from press conference]

Col. James M. Manni, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, announced Wednesday that nine more charges have been filed against James Glawson of Exeter, former assistant Catholic chaplain at the Camp Yawgoog Boy Scout camp.

Glawson, 74, was arrested last month and charged with sexually assaulting a disabled 18-year-old male. On Wednesday he was charged with eight counts of first degree sexual assault and one count of possession of child pornography.

“During the course of the ongoing criminal investigation, more victims have come forward, resulting in the additional charges that were filed today,” Manni said in a press statement. “We want to stress that this is an ongoing investigation and we ask anyone else who may have information and/or additional complaints to contact the Rhode Island State Police Detective Division at 401-764-5346.”

At a press conference at the state police headquarters in Scituate, Manni said that the new charges dated to the 1980s.

The new charges were filed when Glawson was brought to Fourth Division District Court in Wakefield for a status hearing in connection with his Feb. 14 arrest. In that case, state police detectives alleged that Glawson had sexually abused the younger man on numerous occasions over a period of several years. He was charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree sexual assault, and was ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions.

The police said that Glawson had been affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America since 1980. He had also served as an assistant Catholic chaplain and Eucharistic minister at the St. John Bosco Chapel at the Yawgoog Scout Reservation, a summer camp in Hopkinton run by the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America, from 2012 to 2018. In addition, Glawson was said to be affiliated with St. Bernard Church in North Kingstown and the Immaculate Conception Church in Westerly.

Manni said that the Office of the Attorney General was aiding in the ongoing investigation, and that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence and the Boy Scouts of America had been cooperating. The Narragansett Council released a statement Wednesday that said Scout officials had met with parents and Scouts of the units that Glawson had been associated with.

Peg Langhammer, executive director of Day One, a support and advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse and violence, said her agency is available as a resource for anyone affected by this case.  “Day One is here for victims no matter when the abuse occurred,” she said. “The most important thing for victims to know is that they are not alone. We are here to help you choose your next steps and navigate the process. We’re here to listen and support you in any way.”

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