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NJ church organist faces child sex assault charges

2-19-14

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a longtime church organist in southern New Jersey is accused of sexually assaulting five young boys over a 30-year period.

Winslow police say 71-year-old Joseph Cuthbert of Sicklerville faces five counts each of aggravated sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and child endangerment. He was being held on $250,000 cash bail following his arrest on Wednesday.

Authorities say one of the alleged victims recently reported that Cuthbert began sexually assaulting him last fall. Further investigation into those claims led to four more males who claimed Cuthbert had assaulted them.

Cuthbert met the youths while serving as an organist for various churches in southern Jersey.

It was not known Wednesday if Cuthbert had retained an attorney. A telephone number listed in Cuthbert’s name rang unanswered Wednesday.