More charges vs. Glawson

James Glawson.

Rhode Island State Police on April 3 filed additional sexual assault charges against James Glawson, a former assistant Catholic chaplain at the Camp Yawgoog Boy Scout summer camp in Hopkinton.

Glawson, 74, of Exeter, was arraigned the same day in Fourth Division District on charges of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree child molestation and second-degree child molestation. He has been held without bond since his arrest on Feb. 14.

“These new charges resulted from interviews with additional alleged victims who have come forward since Mr. Glawson was initially arrested,” said Col. James M. Manni, the State Police superintendent. “We continue to pursue all leads and will bring additional charges, if warranted."

State police did not release further details of what led to the additional charges. Court records indicate that the alleged offenses occurred in 1986.

Glawson, who was also previously associated with a Boy Scout Troop that meets at Immaculate Conception Church in Westerly, was initially charged with sexually assaulting a disabled 18-year-old man on numerous occasions over several years, ending in 2018. In that case, he was charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree sexual assault.

On March 6, Glawson was in court again, and was charged with eight more counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of possession of child pornography, based on information obtained in February. Those charges stem from incidents in 1981, court records show.

An audio recording of proceedings during Glawson's second court appearance included a description of some of the crimes and referred to at least five victims ranging in age from 10 to 16 years old. The incidents were said to have occurred at Glawson's residence. All five were connected to Boy Scout groups in Rhode Island, according to the recording. Glawson was affiliated with the Scouts from 1980 through 2018.

He has not entered a plea to any of the charges, court records show.

Peg Langhammer, executive director of Day One, a support group for victims of sexual abuse and violence, has offered assistance to anyone affected by this case. Day One offers counseling and assistance navigating the criminal justice process for victims who choose to bring charges. It operates in several locations, including at the the Ocean Community YMCA in Westerly. Day One can be reached at 401-421-4100, ext 138, or online at dayoneri.org.

Manni said anyone with information related to the investigation should consider calling the state police's Detective Division at 401-764-5346.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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