MONROE COUNTY, Ill. – A man from St. 40-year-old Louis is accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl he worked with at Camp Wartburg in Waterloo, Illinois.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Matthew T. Hubbard groomed a teenager at the camp, isolating her from friends and family.
Camp Wartburg told FOX 2 they reported the allegation to authorities.
“To the best of our knowledge, none of the incidents mentioned have occurred to camp property,” a statement from the camp read.
The sheriff says sexual abuse has occurred in several states.
“It involves crossing state lines and involves another investigation by an agency in Tennessee,” said Monroe County Sheriff Neal Rohlfing.
He said the suspect knew he was being investigated and became a fugitive. Victims return to St. Louis and Hubbard were charged with aggravated sexual abuse.
Rohfling said: “We believe he was aware of the allegations against him and that he actually responded to St. Louis and went to the victim’s home and actually shot himself.
Hubbard recovered and on December 14, authorities sent him to jail from the hospital.
Hubbard’s attorney, Matt Radefeld, said: “This is not your typical case of sexual abuse of a minor because of the fact that the individual involved, the alleged victim in the case, is only 17 years old. age. “She is not a camper at the camp, but rather she gets to work at the camp. In Illinois, 17 years old is legal. ”
Radefeld said prosecutors are working on a case that claims his client is in a position of trust or authority. He said it was not true because he insisted the 40-year-old man did not supervise the boy.
Camp Wartburg also said in a statement: “Our sympathies go out to the victim and her family over this disturbing situation. Our primary concern at Camp Wartburg has always been the safety and well-being of all our campers and staff. ”
Sheriff’s investigators added that there was no evidence that there were other victims.
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