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Jeff Rolen

The former director of Camp Bethel has been sentenced to an active term of 12 months in jail.

Jeff Rolen, 66, was sentenced Wednesday afternoon in Wise County Circuit Court on charges of taking indecent liberties with a juvenile back in the 1980s.

Rolen received a sentence of seven years, with six years suspended, according to Wise County Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp. After his release, he will be required to complete 10 years of probation.

Also, Rolen will be required to register as a sex offender, complete sex offender treatment, have no contact with the victim, and have no contact with minor children, Slemp explained in a press release.

Beginning in 1986 and lasting until 1988, Rolen “had an illegal and inappropriate sexual relationship with a child that he met at Camp Bethel,” Slemp stated. “In testimony Rolen was referred to as the victim's ‘spiritual advisor’ to gain her trust before using his position at the camp to engage in sexual contact with the child.”

Slemp received an anonymous complaint in 2017 and referred it to state police for investigation. During the investigation, “Rolen confessed his actions to police,” Slemp stated.

Rolen was immediately taken into custody after the sentencing hearing.

Rolen pleaded guilty in November 2018 to seven counts of taking indecent liberties with a juvenile.

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