CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A volunteer Cape Coral youth leader remains behind bars, accused of sexually assaulting a disabled teen.
Police say Matthew Emler confessed to forcing the teen, a member of the youth group, to have sex with him four times over a period of a few months. One encounter allegedly took place on church property.
The victim's family have been attending the Evangelical Presbyterian Church since June. During that time, the teen, who is disabled and suffers from several medical issues, met volunteer youth leader Matthew Emler.
Just last week, police say the teen, admitted the 26 year old forced her to have sex with him on several occasions.
According to the report, a sexual encounter happened on church property in a youth house. The report also says Emler sexually assaulted her in a swimming pool at her home while her parents were inside.
During the encounters, the victim says she was scared of Emler, because he is twice her size. WINK News obtained an e-mail from Providence Christian School, sent to parents after Emler's arrest. The school is located on church property. The e-mail states:
As many of you may have seen, Evangelical Presbyterian Church was mentioned on the news last night because of the actions of one man.The leaders of the church and school are grieved and angered over this situation. Please rest assured that this man is in no way affiliated with PCS nor has he been a part of any school functions or activities. If your student attends youth events through Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and you have questions, please feel free to contact Bob Johns at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, your children's safety remains our primary concern. If you have any questions relating to our PCS screening and safety measures, please feel free to email me any time at email@example.com or call me at the school office on Monday at 549-8024. Finally, please join with the church community in praying for this situation and for those upon whom this evil has fallen.
Emler is also accused of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription. Cape Coral Police Department tells WINK News, at this time, it doesn't think there are any other victims.