July 01, 2005

Ex-minister sued in sexual assault case

Kansas City Star

By LINDA MAN The Kansas City Star

A former intern at First Baptist Church of Raytown is suing the church, saying she was sexually assaulted by a former minister and eventually gave birth to his child.

The lawsuit alleges former minister Mark Brooks assaulted the woman, who had attended the church for more than 20 years, several times from September 2003 to January 2004.

The lawsuit also names the First Baptist Church of Raytown and its pastor, the Rev. Paul Brooks, as defendants. Paul Brooks is the father of Mark Brooks. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Neither man could be reached for comment. Mark Brooks, who is studying at a New Orleans seminary, did not answer a message sent through the school.

Posted by kshaw at July 1, 2005 07:43 AM