Jessica Ware-Lennon, CNN • Updated 19th April 2019
( CNN ) — A Florida man was arrested Monday in connection with the sexual assault of a teenage girl inside a Palm Beach County church nearly two years ago, according to authorities.
Police say Michael Kasper, 56, had just converted to Christianity and told the church’s Bible study group on Christmas Eve 2017 that he was married, according to police documents. The room was filled with Christmas cards, according to police.
Kasper then told the group, “I have taken a vow to you. That I will treat you like my wife,” according to the arrest report. He later allegedly “kissed, touched and fondled several members of the group and sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl,” a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
Kasper is facing multiple felony charges of sexual battery and lewd or lascivious battery of a victim between 13 and 16 years old. He is being held without bond.
CNN has been unable to reach Kasper’s defense attorney, Jason Rozalsky, for comment.
The woman who brought Kasper to the church to convert said she allowed him to check out, according to the report. The woman called authorities after Kasper got angry with her.
According to CNN affiliate WPEC, he was allegedly caught groping the young girl again when church staff confronted him about it.
Linda Schramm with the South Florida Sun Sentinel in West Palm Beach first reported the arrests.
CNN affiliate WPEC interviewed several church members on Monday, and all said they were disgusted by Kasper’s alleged behavior. The studio is 30 miles north of where Kasper was arrested.