A children’s director and son of the pastor of one of Hall County’s largest churches has been charged with molesting an 8-year-old girl at the church.
Jacob Alan "Jake" Morris, 25, was arrested Tuesday on two counts of child molestation, Hall County Sheriff’s Col. Jeff Strickland said Wednesday. The molestations are alleged to have occurred between January 2007 and March 2008 at Concord Baptist Church in Clermont and at the child’s home, Strickland said.
Morris is the son of the Rev. Alan Morris, the senior pastor at the 1,200-member church.
Concord pastor Gary Fangmann said Wednesday the church currently had no comment on the arrest, citing the ongoing investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
Fangmann said Jake Morris worked as a children’s director at the church.
Morris also worked as a substitute teacher in the Hall County school system, but there are no allegations of inappropriate conduct within the school system, school district spokesman Gordon Higgins said.
Higgins said Morris was a substitute during the 2008-09 school year after passing a criminal background check.
"There have been absolutely no incidents reported from any schools regarding Mr. Morris’ behavior," Higgins said.
Morris was removed from the substitute list as soon as the school system was notified of his arrest, Higgins said.
Strickland said the alleged victim first reported the molestations to Douglas County authorities, who in turn contacted Hall County investigators.
Morris is believed to have fondled the girl in Hall County, Strickland said.
In Douglas County, Morris faces more serious charges of aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy. Aggravated child molestation carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years to serve in prison.
Morris remains in the Hall County jail without bond.