January 28, 2005

Church class teacher faces sex charge

The Kansas City Star

By CHRISTINE VENDEL The Kansas City Star

Jackson County prosecutors on Thursday accused a Sunday school teacher of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl who attended his Kansas City church class.

Darren C. Hall, 36, of Kansas City, was charged with one count of statutory rape and three counts of statutory sodomy. He was in jail Thursday in lieu of $75,000 bond.

Prosecutors allege he began a sexual relationship with the girl last February when she was 15. Hall, who is married, has known her since she was 11.

They met at Friendship Baptist Church, 3530 Chelsea Ave., where Hall taught Sunday school, court records said. He also helped schedule recreational activities for the church, according to police.

A woman who answered the church's phone Thursday said the pastor was out of the city and could not be reached. She said no one else was available to comment.

The alleged relationship came to light a few days before Christmas when someone called the Missouri Children's Division. The caller said the girl's grandmother, who is her legal guardian, knew about the relationship.

Posted by kshaw at January 28, 2005 03:58 AM