It was recently reported that Kareem Mitchell (a 42-year-old choir director at New Testament Baptist Church in North Highlands, California) was arrested on February 3, 2015 for sexually assaulting a minor.
The Sacramento Police Department received a report that Mitchell initiated a sexual relationship with a male minor while working as a choir director at New Testament Baptist Church.
Mitchell was booked at the Sacramento County Jail on multiple charges including sodomy, oral copulation, and other sexual acts with a child.
According to the Sacramento Police Department, Mitchell was investigated on similar allegations in the past while working as the choir director, but charges were never filed.
In the following news clip, a family representative of an alleged child sex abuse victim of Kareem Mitchell spoke exclusively with FOX40. The news clip can be found by clicking here.
Based on the information shared by the family representative, Kareem Mitchell intentionally targeted black American teenage boys from fatherless single mother homes and portrayed himself as a “father figure” to them. This is a common tactic of child sexual predators (e.g. Eddie Long). Black single mothers, take note.
Mitchell would allegedly invite young boys from the youth choir (“The Voices”) to his home for dinners and sleepovers, committing sex acts disguised as “wrestling matches.”
Pretending to “wrestle” and “horseplay” while touching a child inappropriately is another common tactic of child sexual predators. Parents, if your child expresses that a certain adult (including a relative, family friend, or babysitter) is too “touchy feely” or “plays around too much”, please LISTEN to them and ask questions. Your child is trying to tell you that this adult makes him/her uncomfortable. It is important that you find out why and put a stop to it.
The family representative believes that New Testament Baptist Church is covering for Mitchell, and the alleged victim’s family has filed a civil suit against the church. Good for them. I will be praying that they win.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone that may believe they were a victim of any crimes associated with Suspect Mitchell to contact the Sacramento Police Department.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.