ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – A 28-year-old Atlantic Beach man was arrested after a teenager told police about a sex act with former youth volunteer at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Jacksonville Beach.
Cameron Maxwell Eberbach was arrested in December after detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Sexual Assault Unit interviewed the victim about an incident that happened in September in the Mayport/Atlantic Beach area.
According to the redacted arrest report, the 16- or 17-year-old victim knew Eberbach through the church. After Eberbach “made statements toward his involvement of the crime" during an interview with a detective, he was arrested and charged with unlawful sexual activity with a victim 16 or 17.
Eberbach has pleaded not guilty.
A spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine confirmed Eberbach was a volunteer at St. Paul’s in 2016 and 2017, adding he had first passed an FDLE background check.
Eberbach had served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy and is currently in the Navy Reserves. He ended his volunteer work at the church due to a deployment to Afghanistan in 2017.
The teenager in the case contacted News4Jax on Tuesday. The 17-year-old wants it known that she doesn’t consider herself a victim. She also said JSO manipulated her during the investigation.
“Parents need to pay attention,” News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said. “We think that church should be the safest place anybody should be ... but so often we’ve seen where offenders are lurking at churches.”