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Bond Denied For Cop Accused Of Fondling Two Teens

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FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) - A Coconut Creek police officer accused of sexually molesting two young teenage boys went before a judge Friday.

During the hearing, bond was denied for Officer Daniel Rush.

Rush's attorney, Johnny McCray, said said he plans to file for another hearing seeking bond. He added that they plan to fight the charges.

The accusations against Rush, 26, came to light when one of the teens handed a note to a person at a church in Pompano Beach on Sunday, April 10th. Before the person could read it, the teen took it back, tore it up and threw it in the trash. The person he gave it to got it out of the trash.

The next day the went to the sheriff's department's Pompano Beach district office to report the incident and turned the teen's note over to a deputy.

BSO Special Victims Unit detectives said they spoke with the teen and learned the sexual offenses occurred in 2015.

Upon further investigation, detectives said they identified a second victim. The second victim told investigators Rush fondled him.

Authorities said both boys would have been around 13 at the time of the incidents.

Detectives said Rush admitted to knowing the boys but denied the allegations.

He is facing one count of custodial sexual battery and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation.

Rush is the co-founder of Men of Virtue & Ethics, a mentoring organization. Due to the group's association with other churches, detectives are concerned there may be more victims.

If you have information about additional victims or believe your child may be a victim, you are urged to call BSO Special Victims Det. Ann Suter at (954) 321-4240 or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.

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