February 14, 2006

Church staffers accused of child sex abuse

Chicago Tribune

The Associated Press
Published February 14, 2006, 1:41 PM CST

Three former staffers of a west suburban Baptist church have been accused of sexually abusing at least one minor, the church's pastor said in a statement.

The allegations involve a former youth pastor, basketball coach and deacon at Marquette Manor Baptist Church in Downers Grove, according to a statement from senior pastor David Canedy.

Church officials would not elaborate on the accusations Tuesday.

Law enforcement officials are investigating the allegations, Canedy said.

Downers Grove police officials would not comment on the case and referred calls to the DuPage County State's Attorney's office.

Posted by kshaw at February 14, 2006 04:29 PM