Two lawsuits were filed against Willow Creek Community Church, claiming the megachurch failed to prevent two boys from being sexually abused by a volunteer.
The most recent lawsuit, filed on Thursday, claims negligence in the case of an 8-year-old special needs boy, who was sexually abused by Robert Sobczak, 20. Sobczak was sentenced to two years of probation and forced to register as a sex offender after he pleaded guilty in December.
According to the prosecutor from the criminal case, Sobczak brought the special needs boy to a secluded area before he sexually abused him on Feb. 17, 2013. The boy told his mother immediately who reported it to police. more >>
Christian militia taking revenge on the Central African Republic's Muslim population could drive the entire Islamic group out of the country, a human rights group claimed earlier this week.
The anti-balaka ("anti-machete") has increasingly fought back against the country's minority Muslim population since the Muslim Seleka rebel group antagonized the country's Christians.
Human Rights Watch employees in the Central African Republic have claimed to have witnessed anti-balaka forces cutting "the throats of Muslim civilians, publicly lynching, mutilating, and setting their bodies on fire." It also reported attacks where the groups had cut off body parts or hacked Muslims to death. more >>
Bob Jones University will meet in person next week with the sex abuse ombudsman group that it fired last month.
Both BJU and Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) confirmed the meeting and reaffirmed that they were both committed to figuring out how to move forward.
"Bob Jones University and GRACE remain hopeful this project can be completed with GRACE and in so doing raise sexual abuse awareness and minister to victims whose lives have been ravaged by abuse," BJU stated in a press release. more >>
A California man accused of robbing a church might have sealed his fate after leaving behind a phone with a picture of himself.
Chula Vista police say that Adam Howe, 26, robbed the Hilltop Tabernacle Church in San Diego on Monday, breaking into a church building and nearby RV, and taking $10,000 worth of cash, a laptop computer, and several purses and watches.
But despite the fact that Howe managed to make off with his large haul, police said the suspect left his phone at the scene of the crime. more >>
A popular and jovial pastor from Dunkerton, Iowa, described as a "godly man" who "constantly read the Bible" fatally shot himself Wednesday behind the parsonage where he lived leaving his congregation in shock and confusion.
Dunkerton Police Chief Tim Schultz confirmed with the WCF Courier Thursday that the Rev. Allen "Tommy" Rucker of First Baptist Church, popularly known as pastor Tommy, died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and there is nothing to suggest that it wasn't a suicide.
"There is nothing suspicious [about the death]," he said. more >>
A police officer in small-town Filer, Idaho, who fatally shot a residents dog during the birthday party of the 9-year-old son of the dog's owner because he didn't want to get bitten, has been placed on administrative leave.
A dashcam video of the incident that occurred Saturday was released by Filer Police on Monday, and has since sparked national outcry and a call for police officer Tarek Hassani, who shot the dog, to be fired.
The video shows the moments leading up to Hassani's shooting of the black labrador named Hooch, owned by Rick Clubb, and the moments afterward. more >>