Willie Lee Marvin (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
A Columbia pastor arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct is out of jail on $60,000 bond.
Pastor Willie Lee Marvin, 51, of New Life World Ministries left the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center late Wednesday afternoon.
Marvin, who is also charged with producing, promoting, or directing a sexual performance by a child under 18, and voyeurism, appeared in bond court Wednesday morning along with his family and the 15-year-old victim's family.
During the hearing, the judge said paperwork indicates Marvin provided a written and recorded confession to all three charges.
The victim's parents spoke during the hearing. The parents said Marvin began his relationship with the victim while he worked at Carolina Children's Home, a treatment clinic for behaviorally challenged youth in Columbia.
A spokesperson for the clinic said Marvin had only been employed there as a therapeutic counselor since October 21, 2013. He was suspended on December 2 and later fired on December 17 after the allegations surfaced.
The mother said the victim was at the center to receive treatment.
"He used his position, his authority, his ability, to purchase her whatever she wanted and to give her whatever she wanted to manipulate her, play on her vulnerability and offend her in a way that he has offended her.
"He has done something that is just unacceptable. He knew her age, he knew her situation, and he preyed on that. I do not feel that this has been the first time. He got caught this time," said the mother.
"Even after the situation happened and he was fired from the job, he still tried to get in contact with my daughter," said the father.
According to a Columbia Police Department incident report, Marvin sent sexually explicit text messages and an obscene photo to the 15-year-old victim on a cell phone he had provided to her. The victim also told police of one incident of "intimate contact" between the two.
Marvin's family said during the hearing that he had been helping abused children for almost three decades.
"We've taken children into our home every one of the 31 years that we have been married. We have ministered to them and ministered them back to health and they are productive in society, in the military and in college," said Marvin's wife.
"I don't know exactly what took place or what happened, but I know for myself, for my family, this is not my husband, this is not his character, this is not the way it looks or it seems."
"As long as I've known him, he has always worked with children and he has never, ever, ever had anything, not even so much as an allegation," said Marvin's daughter.
Marvin is not to have contact with the victim, the victim's family, or any female under the age of 18 who is not related by blood or marriage.