Family reaches settlement with N. Charleston church involving convicted child molester

Updated: Jan. 28, 2021 at 8:05 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A family has reached a settlement against a North Charleston church involving a convicted child molester.

Joshua Slavin, a lawyer representing seven families of the victims of Jacop Hazlett, filed a joint lawsuit against the Newspring church.

On Thursday, he said one of those families reached a settlement with the church for a confidential amount.

Hazlett was convicted of sexually assaulting four boys but is accused of assaulting 15.

According to court records, 10 total lawsuits were filed against Newspring in relation to Hazlett. Five of those have been settled and one has been dismissed.

Hazlett was sentenced to 75 years in prison in December of 2019 after being found guilty of sexually assaulting children at the church where he worked as a volunteer.

He was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

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