HARRISON TWP., MONTGOMERY COUNTY — The father of a boy who was allegedly raped inside Fort McKinley United Methodist Church last week said he was angry and worried about the safety of other children.
“Whether it be my child, your child, or anybody else’s child, nobody has a right to do that to them in any way, shape or form,” he said during an interview with WHIO in Dayton. “It’s a struggle for any parent, any day wondering is my child safe. (It) not only happens, but it happens in a church. It’s supposed to be a spiritual place but yet it happens in a spiritual place.”
The station is not naming the child’s father in this report to avoid identifying the victim.
Montgomery County detectives arrested Blake Cole, a 19-year-old resident of Dayton, at the Fort McKinley United Methodist Church in the 3700 block of West Siebenthaler Avenue on Tuesday night. The sheriff’s office report contained few details about the allegations or the victim, which it identifies as a juvenile male. Blake is being held on a $250,000 bond at the Montgomery County jail.
Primary Pastor Dave Hood of Fort McKinley United Methodist Church said Cole and the victim frequently attend services at the church. Sheriff’s deputies were stationed at the church on Tuesday night, known as “Discipleship Night.” After a deputy witnessed an incident involving Cole and the child, someone inside the church called 911 and the child was taken to a hospital, Hood said. Hood could not be reached for comment Sunday night.
The boy’s father questioned how the incident occurred with law enforcement officers inside the church. “It does go through my head because I don’t see how it could happen,” the victim’s father said. “How does he manage to slide past everybody with my child? He’s managed to slide past four of the security guards that they have there and disappear off into an upstairs bathroom (when) the classes that my children are supposed to be going to were downstairs.”
The child’s father said that he will probably look for another church. “He did ask me … why he did it to him,” said the child’s father. “My boy, he’s real loving, real caring and now, his laughter ain’t the same, his smile ain’t even the same.”