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Former band instructor, youth minister facing child molestation charges

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James Ray Clark (Source: McIntosh County Sheriff's Office) James Ray Clark (Source: McIntosh County Sheriff's Office)

A band instructor and youth minister is facing child molestation charges in Glynn County.

A preliminary hearing was held today for James Ray Clark. Clark was arrested two weeks ago for crimes Darien Police said he committed more than five, and even as far back as 10, years ago, including aggravated child molestation and criminal attempt to commit statutory rape.

An investigation was launched when police said a victim, 26-year-old Chris Childs, who went public with his story, came forward to report abuse which took place between 2006 and 2009.

Clark also worked as a youth minister in Chatham, McIntosh and Glynn counties, and was a band director in Liberty and McIntosh counties.

Clark resigned as the band instructor at Jane Macon Middle School in Glynn County, where he has workd for 10 years, earlier this month.

School counselors and members of the Glynn County Public Schools Crisis Response team will be available for any students or parents who have concerns or questions.

Police are asking for anyone who may have been a victim to come forward.

"We care about these children and their well being and if they don't want to talk to law enforcement," said Darien Police Lt. Nick Roundtree. "If you feel like there is something they need to disclose or discuss, get them talking to a counselor or pastor, someone."

The alleged victim said he felt guilty about not coming forward sooner, and told police he did so when he became aware Clark was working inside the city of Darien.

Clark's bond has been set at $75,000, $25,000 cash bond and $50,000 property bond. The case will now be sent up to superior court.

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