ORGANIST CHARGED IN CHILD SEX ASSAULT
The organist at the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury is facing charges arising from an alleged sexual assault of a child, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office.
Kenneth Clayton, 65, of Red Bank, who also serves as the church’s choir director, was arrested September 17 by Red Bank police and charged with second-degree sexual assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor. A Superior Court judge set bail at $100,000, according to first assistant prosecutor Peter Warshaw.
Warshaw declined to discuss the particulars of the alleged offenses.
Church officials did not respond to a request for comment.
In a letter sent to parishoners last week, Pastor C. David McKirachan informed congregants of the charges. He also wrote that, to the best of their knowledge, church officials did not believe the alleged activity occurred on church property or under the auspices of Clayton’s duties at the church.
McKirachan’s letter also said that Clayton had requested a leave of absence pending resolution of the charges, and that church officials, following internal policy, had granted the leave, with pay.