Allendale Town Council member arrested in sexual assault on girl

Earl Morell Jr.
Earl Morell Jr.(WRDW)
Published: May. 5, 2021 at 10:50 AM EDT|Updated: May. 5, 2021 at 2:01 PM EDT
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ALLENDALE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Agents of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division have arrested an Allendale Town Council member who’s accused of sexually assaulting a female juvenile.

Earl Morell Jr., 54, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with minor, according to SLED.

According to his arrest warrant, the victim was under age 16 and the incident involved groping as well as other sexual contact on or around March 18.

Morell is a member of the Allendale Town Council, and according to his social media posts is actively involved in a Christian ministry in which he holds the title “bishop.”

SLED’s involvement in the case was requested by the Allendale Police Department.

Morell was booked at the Allendale County Detention Center.

The case will be prosecuted by the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, according to SLED.

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