Church Camp Volunteer Charged with Soliciting Minor

An Ashburn man has been charged after he allegedly solicited sex from a juvenile he met during a summer camp in 2016.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Richard N. Hearns, 19, was a volunteer at the Oak Grove Baptist Church Summer Camp in Sterling where he met at least one victim last summer. Investigators said he solicited the juvenile though a cell phone.

The incident only came to light last month after other allegations were made against Hearns, who continued to volunteer at the camp this year. Sheriff’s Office detectives believe there might be additional victims.

Hearns was charged Friday with proposing a sexual act by a communications system to a victim under the age of 15.

The Sheriff’s Office worked with Loudoun County Child Protective Services and personnel from the Oak Grove Baptist Church during the investigation.

Anyone with additional information regarding the case is asked to contact Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit at 703-777-0475.

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