La Grange Pastor Accused in Sex Assault on 9-Year-Old Jailed on $750,000 Bail

The reverend at Second Baptist Church denies the charges but told police he raped the child's mother when she was 10 years old, said prosecutors.

The pastor of the Second Baptist Church of La Grange who is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, accused of illegal sexual contact with a 9-year-old female relative, is being held on $750,000 bail.

Prosecutors allege that two assaults took place on the weekend of Feb. 15-17 at Rev. Donald R. Jung's La Grange home on the 100 block of East Avenue, reports Sun-Times Media. The girl victim contacted her sister between the assaults, but they were unable to reach their mother, the outlet quotes prosecutors as saying.

Prosecutors believe Jung was hosting three females over the weekend, whom he had picked up from Milwaukee on Feb. 15, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Multiple outlets are reporting that while prosecutors say Jung denied assaulting the girl, he confessed to having raped another girl 22 years ago, also a relative, when she was 10. The Tribune said that prosecutors identified the former victim as the nine-year-old's mother.

When the charges were read Saturday in Cook County criminal court, Jung shook his head, reported the Tribune.

The website of the Second Baptist Church of La Grange lists Rev. Jung as its head pastor. The church is located in the northeast neighborhood of La Grange on Washington Avenue.

Speaking to the Doings La Grange, Second Baptist Church leadership expressed shock at the allegations against Rev. Jung on Friday, prior to his court appearance.

“That’s not the man I know. He’s an honest person,” church minister Rev. Lynn Lacey told the paper. "We're asking that people pray for him and his family. ... The church is standing behind him."

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Kristina Your Resident Beer Geek February 25, 2013 at 02:10 PM
"The church is standing behind him" This sickens me! They should be standing behind the victims of this predator!
Jimmy Mac February 25, 2013 at 05:59 PM
The church stands behind this sicko even though he reportedly admitted to committing the same crime 22 years ago on the alleged victims mother. That is what this church stands behind. There is a special place in Hell for people like these so-called people of the "church".
Sarah Brown February 25, 2013 at 08:00 PM
So, if the mother was assaulted by him 22 years, why oh why, would she leave her daughter alone with him? I am praying for the girls, not for him.
Darren McRoy February 25, 2013 at 09:07 PM
For whatever it's worth, those comments were made before the bond hearing where the admission was presented by prosecutors.
Maureen Hayes Phillips February 25, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Have we learned nothing?! The man admitted raping other young girls! You are standing behind him! Really? Please say that outloud to yourself again......This nice man we know CONFESSED to raping young girls, please pray for him, the Church stands behind him! Rev. Lynn Lacey, you need help! How about realizing if he admits to having raped, maybe looking for other lives he has destroyed right in front of you and you turned the other cheek! I know the devastation this can cause first hand! Your response is so wrong on so many levels!
na February 25, 2013 at 09:52 PM
The church stood behind him prior to his court date and prior to knowing of the previous rape
Darren McRoy February 25, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Na is correct; the comments were made prior to the admission presented by prosecutors. (I hope that's clear in the article.)
Gina DeVeno February 25, 2013 at 10:40 PM
I feel for the members of the congregation .Hope he feels the wrath of the law and is punished to the extreme. He betrayed a position of trust, and stole a childhood .
Susie Straussburger February 27, 2013 at 12:12 AM
When members of a church are really praying, God will expose trouble before it strikes.Was there nobody who could hear from God? I have studied the behavior of the pediphile and there are always signs that there is something foul going on.Were all the signs ignored? Did anyone check this man out before making him Pastor? The church said they stood behind him before the investigation, what is there stance now?
Dean Shapley February 27, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Don't blame the congregation for not seeing "signs." Don't blame the mother for leaving the daughter with him -- we don't know the circumstances. Put the blame solely and squarely with the pastor, the one in power, the one with the means and opportunity to manipulate others. And everyone needs prayer.
Teri D. Springer February 27, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Yes, blame the man BUT, I do not agree that the mother should not be blamed as well. Seriously?? What woman leaves her daughter in the care of a man who raped her????
Annika March 01, 2013 at 04:37 PM
what else do we need to know about all these pastors raping people? That's it! I will not be seeking for my believes and my prayers outside of my home, I detach from congregations and better keep on praying at home with my kids where they'd be safe.
JAY JAY March 02, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Another Pervert Pedophile working in God's house !!! One of thousands nation wide with no fear from above, or the churches they work for. They "churches" hide and shield their dirty activities to avoid lawsuits ....$$$$
Marie C. March 03, 2013 at 03:21 PM
@ Annika dont make excuses of not coming to fellowship and being in the house of the Lord...What you do is pray and ask God to guide you to a church where you can grow and get closer to him.. That's just like saying A person will never get in a car because of car accidents, or planes etc...
Marie C. March 03, 2013 at 03:23 PM
JAY JAY March 03, 2013 at 05:27 PM
This B*&^%$#@!D Pervert should be used as an example !!!! They are rampant in Churches destroying childrens innocence from coast to coast. They have no fear of GOD........ You can bet he has done this dozens of times in his rotten past. Like most pedophiles do even to their own !!! Torture is too kind ...for his KIND!!!!!
Mary E. Campbell March 04, 2013 at 09:30 PM
What grown man (a trained professional in the caring industry) goes (alone?) to transport minors (alone?) across state lines to keep them (alone?) in his house for 3 days? Pah-leeeeze.
JAY JAY March 05, 2013 at 12:34 AM
M E. Campbell MICHAEL JACKSON !!!!!
Montel May 15, 2013 at 05:01 PM
FIRST THING!! Thank you fellow posters for proving my point to a friend. That being, 65% of people assume someone is guilty just because they are arrested. SECOND THING!! A little secret. Police and prosecutors can and do lie!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not believe me! REFERENCES: The Thin Blue Line, Paradise Lost, The Central Park Five, The Farm, and Scottsboro: An American Tragedy, which received an Oscar nomination. (http://tinyurl.com/Alabama-Pardons-Scottsboro-Boy) !!! If this man raped the mother then the Statute of Limitation would have run out! REFERENCE: http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/illinois-statute-of-limitations-for-sexual-abuse.html This would be a PERFECT way to get this man back!! I feel PERSONALLY that if the Pastor did it then he should be CASTRATED, but that is not the point. In conclusion, I hope this post and the supplied references make you assess how you look at people who are ACCUSED!


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