Fmr. youth pastor accused of child sex crimes in Greenville Co. from 1976-78


GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Greenville County Sheriff’s Office investigators have charged a former youth pastor with a child sex crime.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, investigators obtained a warrant charging Peter William Cooper, 68, with committing a lewd act upon a child less than 14 years of age.

Sheriff’s Office officials said investigators received information from Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office back in January regarding Cooper’s alleged unlawful sexual contact with an underage female when he was working as a youth pastor for Central Church of Christ.

According to the release, investigators learned that they alleged sexual contact happened in Greenville County at the Palmetto Bible Camp, located on Fall Creek Road in Marietta between 1976 and 1978.

Greenville County investigators are asking for anyone who may have been a victim of similar circumstances to call Crime Stoppers of Greenville at 23-CRIME.

Cooper is currently being held in the Spartanburg County Detention Center on charges related to offenses that happened in Spartanburg County.

His arraignment date and time have not yet been set.

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