COCONUT CREEK (CBSMiami) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office said they arrested a Coconut Creek police officer who sexually battered two boys.READ MORE: At Least 1 Hospitalized As Car Ends Up In Pond In SW Miami-Dade
Officer Daniel Rush, 26, was taking into custody at around 4 p.m. Thursday at the Coconut Creek Police Department.
According to BSO, the accusations came to light when one of the victims handed another parishioner a note while attending worship services at a church in Pompano Beach on Sunday, April 10th.
The very next day the parishioner went to the BSO Pompano Beach district office to report the incident and turned the victim’s note over to a deputy.
BSO Special Victims Unit detectives said they spoke with the victim and learned the sexual offenses occurred in 2015.
Upon further investigation, detectives said they identified a second victim. The second victim told investigators Rush fondled him.READ MORE: Officials Urge South Florida Residents To Prepare For Upcoming Hurricane Season
Authorities said both victims would have been around 13 at the time of the incidents.
Detectives said Rush admitted to knowing the boys but denied the allegations.
He is facing one count of custodial sexual battery and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.
Rush is the co-founder of Men of Virtue & Ethics, a mentoring organization. Due to the group’s association with other churches, detectives are concerned there may be more victims.
If you have information about additional victims or believe your child may be a victim, you are urged to call BSO Special Victims Det. Ann Suter at (954) 321-4240.MORE NEWS: Fire Rescue Officials Emphasize Water Safety For Boaters, Jet Skiers This Holiday Weekend
If you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.