A Fort Mill man is accused of sexually abusing a boy while working as a school teacher and church leader in California, according to authorities.
Jason Gorski, 43, was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, according to a news release from the Buena Park Police Department in California. He was released from the Orange County jail on $100,000 bond.
Gorski is accused of sexually abusing a boy from 2007 to 2009 while he worked as the victim’s school teacher and an elder within their Jehovah’s Witness congregation, according to Sgt. Mike Lovchik, a Buena Park police spokesman. The boy was 12 years old when the abuse began.
Gorski was a school teacher at the now-defunct Southeastern Longview Private School in Long Beach, Calif., Lovchik said. His employment ended at the conclusion of the school year in 2007 when the school ceased operations.
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The abuse lasted from 2007 until 2009 when it was reported to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Cypress, Calif., where Gorski was an elder, Lovchik said. Gorski was removed as an elder in 2009, after the abuse was reported to the church; however, he continued attending services there.
Lovchik said Gorski relocated to South Carolina in 2010 after the abuse was reported to the Cypress church, and he became part of a Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Charlotte. The abuse wasn’t reported to law enforcement until March, but Lovchik said investigators at this point do not anticipate any arrests in connection with the delay in reporting the abuse.
“Over the years, many children have been exposed to Gorski, specifically during his time as a school teacher and church leader,” Lovchik said. “It is believed that additional victims may exist who have not yet reported their abuse to authorities.”
Lovchik said their investigators have been in contact with law enforcement in Fort Mill and Charlotte.