Lake County chaplain accused of molesting child, police say

Chaplain received 'Heart of Hospice' award in 2013

Local 6 News at 5:30p
Local 6 News at 5:30p

LEESBURG, Fla. – A Lake County chaplain was arrested after police say he was accused of molesting a child.

Lance Travis, 53, has been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a juvenile under 12 years old and lewd and lascivious molestation on a juvenile over 12 years old.

The victim told police that the abuse started when she was 7 years old and continued for years, according to the report. Travis faces charges on accusations before and after she was 12 years old, police said.

Travis, who was listed on LinkedIn as working for Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care as a chaplain since 2005, received the "Heart of Hospice" award in 2013.

Travis, who is from Leesburg, was arrested in Michigan and booked into the Lake County jail on Tuesday.

He is being held at jail on $100,000 bond.