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Volunteer Youth Worker at Lakepointe Church Faces Child Sexual Assault Charges

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Natalie Sorrells, a volunteer youth worker at Lakepointe Church in Rockwall, Texas, has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with child sexual contact. Sorrells, 44, was arrested on Feb. 26 and smiled in her mugshot. Based on court records, she was released on Feb. 27 after posting bond.

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Sorrells works as a real estate agent and, based on her Facebook page, is the mother of two children. In a Facebook post from 2017, a local elementary school thanks Sorrells for volunteering with its PTO.

Lakepointe Church Says It Removed the Volunteer

Lakepointe, a multisite congregation in the Dallas area, is led by Pastor Josh Howerton. In 2022, Howerton posted a Twitter thread about megachurch pastors who have not endured a scandal.

As of midday March 6, the church’s website and social media make no mention of the volunteer’s arrest. But Lakepointe issued the following statement to a local news station:

We were informed last week that one of our volunteer youth workers was arrested for illegal sexual contact with a minor. While it is our current understanding that no inappropriate activity occurred on church premises, at any church event, and that the minor involved was not under the direct leadership of the volunteer, out of an abundance of caution we immediately informed Lakepointe parents, restricted the volunteer from any access to minors at the church and removed her from her volunteer position.

Lakepointe told Fox4 News that all its volunteers are subjected to background checks and must go through training.

Few details are available yet about how the charges against Sorrells relate to her volunteer work at Lakepointe. That has led to questions and speculation on social media.

ChurchLeaders reached out to Lakepointe and Sorrells for comment and will update this article with any replies.