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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