Lawsuit accuses Columbia’s First Baptist Church of history of covering up child sex abuse
BY JOHN MONK, OCTOBER 13, 2017, The StateCOLUMBIA, SC
A Richland County lawsuit quotes numerous sexually explicit text messages that a First Baptist Church youth worker allegedly sent to a boy in a church program, adding church officials did little or nothing for years while the worker sexually abused the youth.That inaction is part of the downtown Columbia church’s history of failing to take action against potential molesters, the lawsuit alleges.
The boy, now 17, was about 11 when the abuse began, according to the lawsuit, filed in Richland County Circuit Court this week.
Because of the assaults and touching, the youth suffered personal injury and “severe emotional distress,” the lawsuit alleges, asking . . .
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