LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST ELGIN MINISTER ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE
By By John Garcia, December 15, 2016, ABC 7 News
ELGIN, Ill. (WLS) --A lawsuit has been filed against a minister in Elgin, Ill., who is accused of sexually abusing a woman.
The alleged victim, a former member of his church, said the pastor sexually abused her on numerous occasions, harassed her with text messages and then called her names in front of the congregation during his sermons.
One church in Elgin is home to a small congregation of members of the International Christian Fellowship, which rents space for worship led by their pastor Manfred Malagon.
The lawsuit states where the victim claims that Malagon sexually abused her.
"In the church building, he grabbed her and put her into a closet and abused her, put her under the stairs and abused her," Richard Gordon, the alleged victim's attorney said.
Among the allegation in the civil suit, that . . .
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- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
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