The former North Charleston church volunteer accused of sexually assaulting numerous children in a three-month span is also under investigation in North Carolina, officials there confirmed Tuesday.
An incident report filed Monday from the Davidson (N.C.) Police Department indicates a 7-year-old boy reported to staff at his elementary school that he was assaulted. Police responded to Davidson Elementary School on Monday to speak with staff who reported the incident.
The circumstances surrounding the alleged assault, which is said to have occurred between August and November 2017 at a private residence, were not immediately made available.
Jacop Hazlett, 28, a West Ashley man who authorities say molested at least 14 toddler-aged children under his care at North Charleston’s NewSpring Church, is under investigation for the alleged assault in North Carolina. Public records indicate that Hazlett lived in Mooresville, N.C., at the time, which is about 10 miles from Davidson.
The investigation is ongoing, and Hazlett has not been charged in North Carolina as of Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, for his alleged crimes in South Carolina, Hazlett faces nine counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and is named as a defendant in a Dorchester County civil suit alleging he molested at least more than a dozen children, filming several of the assaults, according to the suit filed Nov. 28.
Hazlett had worked as a volunteer chaperone in a children's ministry at the North Charleston campus of NewSpring Church, located at 5101 Ashley Phosphate Road, from March through November, Suzanne Swift, a church spokesperson said.
Court records and arrest affidavits indicate surveillance footage near "the Treehouse" room, where Hazlett worked, showed the volunteer escorting multiple toddler-aged boys individually to the bathroom where he can be seen assaulting them.
The footage dates back to September, authorities said. Church staff were made aware of the initial incident Nov. 26 by parents of one of the children. Following the disclosure, NewSpring staff reviewed the security footage and reported the allegation, along with their observations of additional assaults, to the North Charleston Police Department.
Swift previously told The Post and Courier the church was fully cooperating with law enforcement and that Hazlett had passed all pre-screening procedures — including a background check, "detailed" training and queries through national sex offender databases — and that NewSpring stood by its protocols, adding that it would "do what it takes to increase our ability to provide a safe church experience for children."
Several Charleston-area attorneys have also said they are representing families with children who reported they were assaulted by Hazlett and are exploring civil action against the church and the former volunteer.