A Rockford, IL, youth pastor was formally charged with more than twenty counts of sexual abuse earlier this week after two alleged victims came forward. The accused, 54 year old Terry Carlson of Rockford, IL, held a number of titles and responsibilities with Kishwaukee Baptist Chuch in Rockford, IL. He had spent time as a church bus driver, church trustee, and Sunday school instructor over the last several years. Investigators and the Winnebago County State’s Attorney are now urging anyone with information or similar allegations relative to Carlson to come forward.
Investigators have not revealed whether the alleged sexual abuse occurred on church grounds. Bond for the alleged childhood sexual abuse perpetrator has been set at half a million dollars. Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato is qouted, “If you have as a parent, any information that you feel like before, didn’t make sense to you, or that you didn’t report now would be the time to so.”
If you have been the victim of sexual abuse in Chicago or any of the surrounding suburbs, you should consider contacting an attorney to explore potential avenues of recovery and protect your rights. For more information on sexual abuse in Illinois, please click here.