Man arrested for sexually abusing child in Newport News

By Holly Henry, WTKR Online Producer

A Newport News man and former Cub Scout leader was arrested over the weekend and is now facing child sex abuse charges.

On December 20, 2012 Child Protective Services contacted the Newport News Police Department’s Special Victims Unit regarding a reported case of child sexual abuse.

According to police, an 11-year-old male victim, who currently lives in Norfolk, was inappropriately touched by 49-year-old Clienton Leroy Bryant. They say the abuse happened sometime between January 2008 and March 2009.

Police say the offenses are reported to have occurred at Ivy Baptist Church on Maple Avenue, where the victim was participating in Cub Scout activities and the suspect was a Cub Scout Leader. Bryant was an employee of the church at the time.

The victim’s mother informed detectives that the suspect would care for the victim while she was working and during the scout meetings.

Clienton Leroy Bryant, of the 400 block of Blair Avenue in Newport News, has been charged with two counts each of aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship.

Bryant was arrested on Saturday, February 4, 2012 and was placed in the custody of the Newport News City Jail.

Anyone who believes they or their child may have been victimized by this suspect is asked to contact the Department’s Special Victims Unit at (757) 928-4200.

Anonymous information may be provided to Newport News Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Information may also be sent by text message to nocrime@nngov.com.

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