A 2019 camp staffer with LifeWay Christian Resources was arrested this week in Overgaard, Ariz., and charged with multiple felony counts of child molestation by the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office.
Noah Paradis, 19, served as a summer staffer at CentriKid Camp, a ministry of LifeWay. The alleged abuse of two minors occurred at Bison Ranch Retreat Center during the camp. Paradis’ LifeWay camp involvement was limited to the week of June 10-14, LifeWay said in a news release received by Baptist Press Friday (June 14). As soon as LifeWay was informed of the charges, they terminated his employment, the release said.
LifeWay acting CEO Brad Waggoner commended the alleged victims for their “bravery” in reporting the alleged abuse, saying he was “heartbroken” for them and their families.
“Our primary concern is the safety and wellbeing of all our camp participants,” said Waggoner, noting LifeWay grieves at the report that anyone “representing LifeWay would behave in this manner and abuse their position of authority with a child. LifeWay is working with local law enforcement as the investigation is ongoing and will continue to follow their lead in the case.
“We also want to come alongside the families and their church and walk with them through this ordeal,” Waggoner said in the release. “We have alerted the six churches that attended this camp about the events that took place and included information that would enable them to report any additional incidents.”
When leaders were informed of the incident at the camp, they immediately notified state authorities, the release said, and the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office and the parents of the victims were contacted.
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Source: Baptist Press