COCONUT CREEK (CBSMiami) – A Coconut Creek police officer accused of sexually battering two boys will remain behind bars.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Marine Units To Conduct Boating Under The Influence Checks This Weekend
Officer Daniel Rush appeared before a judge on Friday. The judge denied the 26-year-old officer bond.
Rush’s attorney said he will ask for a hearing so that Rush can get bond.
Rush was arrested on Thursday at the Coconut Creek Police Department.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the allegations against Rush started 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.READ MORE: 1 Dead, 1 Hospitalized As Van Ends Up In Pond In SW Miami-Dade
Upon further investigation, detectives said they identified a second victim. The second victim told investigators Rush fondled him.
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: Going To The Miami Beach Air And Sea Show This Memorial Day Weekend? Here's What You Can Expect
If you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.