Montgomery man arrested on child sex abuse charge | Crime
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Police have confirmed a Montgomery man has been arrested on a charge relating to sex abuse of a child under the age of 12.
According to the Montgomery Police Department, 38-year-old Andrew Bartels was arrested on October 26 and charged with one count of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.
Court documents show Bartels was placed into the Montgomery County Detention Facility on a $15,000. Records show he posted bond on October 27.
Bartels is a member of the congregation at Frazer United Methodist Church. Frazer issued this statement:
"Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church was deeply saddened to be made aware this week by the Montgomery Police that a member of our congregation had been arrested on charges of child molestation. This tragedy is made even deeper by the possibility that the alleged victim or victims may have been the children of other Frazer families whom the accused person knew through the church.
Frazer is cooperating in every way we can with the authorities in their ongoing investigation. We pray that they will be successful in their mission to uncover the truth and pursue justice, even as we strive to continue our mission to share the healing love of Christ with everyone affected by this difficult situation."
Documents on the Frazer website list Bartels as the leader of the "Samurai Love Tank" Sunday School class for members in their 20's and 30's.
Troy University Montgomery confirms Bartels was employed as the Campus Web Coordinator until October 29th, just three days after he was arrested while on the job.
Troy Montgomery says all of Bartels' computers have been made available to the Montgomery Police Department and the university is cooperating with the investigation.
Police say this is an ongoing investigation - no additional information is available for public release at this time.