Virginia man charged with sex crimes on Haiti mission

Dec 18, 2017 by

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A Virginia Mennonite man has been arrested and charged with molesting nearly two dozen males under the age of 18 while he worked in missions in Haiti.

The Harrisonburg, Va., Daily News-Record reported James Daniel Arbaugh was arrested Nov. 15 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after he confessed in September to a counselor in Virginia that he had abused approximately 21 boys. The counselor contacted social services.

Arbaugh has attended Mountain View Mennonite Church in Lyndhurst, Va. The congregation withdrew from Virginia Mennonite Conference in February.

The Mennonite reported Arbaugh partnered with Walking Together for Christ, an organization supporting Christian ministries in Haiti. Arbaugh traveled to Haiti from 2009 to 2015.

Walking Together for Christ’s board is composed of members of Mountain View and three other Mennonite congregations in Virginia. Arbaugh is one of Mountain View’s three board members. Walking Together had informal connections to Virginia Mennonite Missions in the past.

VMM director of operations and international ministries Lynn Suter said there was no record of Arbaugh being employed by VMM but that VMM did some work in Haiti while Arbaugh was active there and was reviewing possible connections.

Suter said people with information about Arbaugh’s connections to VMM should contact

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