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DCS looking into allegations boys were sexually abused at TN Baptist camp

July 29th, 2011 1:47 pm by Staff Report

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Children's Services is looking into allegations that boys were sexually abused at a youth camp used by Baptist churches.

Rob Johnson, a spokesman for the department, said Friday that a team of investigators is looking into multiple allegations that youths were assaulted at Camp Linden in Perry County.

A mother, whose children attend First Baptist Church in Clarksville, said her 11-year-old son said older boys grabbed him and simulated a sex act after inviting a half-dozen 11- and 12-year-old boys to a midnight pizza party in a cabin.

An attorney for First Baptist Church said he couldn't comment, but that the matter is being handled by church authorities, according to The Leaf-Chronicle.

Perry County Sheriff Tommy Hickerson was not immediately available for comment on Friday morning.

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Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com

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