A 20-year-old woman sued a former youth pastor and church officials, alleging the youth pastor sexually abused her for three years, and church leaders did nothing to stop it. The woman was 15 at the time the abuse began. She was a member of the church and a student at the church's educational academy.
The abuse began when the pastor scheduled "individualized counseling sessions" with the girl. Within a month, sexual advances became a part of the sessions. Because the pastor had complete autonomy at one of the organization's locations, finding ways to be alone with the girl was not difficult. The plaintiff alleges the pastor violated her at various church property locations on multiple occasions every week for three years.
The lawsuit also contains allegations that the religious organization failed to implement even basic procedures or protocols for its counselors and did nothing to supervise the man's actions, even after receiving several reports from employees of a suspected inappropriate relationship between the girl and the youth pastor. Tim Potter "Wichita church enabled years of sex abuse by youth pastor, lawsuit says," www.kansas.com (Mar. 02, 2018).