Jacop Hazlett, the ex-North Charleston church volunteer accused of molesting more than a dozen children who were in his care, has been indicted by a Dorchester County grand jury and is facing 10 new criminal charges.
Hazlett was charged on Thursday with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and seven counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to court records.
The new charges stem from five new, alleged victims, said Don Sorenson, first assistant solicitor with the 1st Circuit Solicitor's Office.
Before Thursday, he was facing nine counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, bringing the total number of criminal charges against him to 24, according to court records.
On Nov. 25 last year, Hazlett was watching over a group of children — none older than 5 — participating in a youth ministry program at NewSpring Church. Authorities said Hazlett escorted a 3-year-old boy to the bathroom and sexually assaulted him. The day after the alleged assault, the boy's parents reported to NewSpring officials that the volunteer had an "inappropriate action" with the youngster, church leadership said in a letter that was sent to worshippers.
In reviewing surveillance footage dating back three months from the alleged November assault, NewSpring staff watched on the tape as Hazlett did the same with numerous other young boys, sometimes more than once in a day.
When Hazlett sat down with North Charleston detectives on Nov. 27, he told an investigator that he photographed and filmed many of the assaults, which is where the new charges stem.
Gregory Yee contributed to this report.