WJHL has reported that multiple charges have been brought against the pastor of the Faith Independent Missionary Baptist Church of Damascus located at 305 N Beaver Dam Ave, Damascus, Virginia 24236.
On February 10, 2022, 62-year-old Terry Frank Compton was arrested following a lengthy investigation. Compton has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple children. Some of the victims were abused as far back as 1995. He is facing 30 felony counts, including 12 counts of taking indecent liberties with children, 12 counts of aggravated sexual battery, three counts of forcible sodomy, and three counts of object sexual penetration.
Contributor and experienced church sex abuse attorney, Kevin Biniazan, represents victims in civil lawsuits. Below, Kevin discusses the critical points of filing a lawsuit for victims sexually abused by pastors.
Sadly, there have recently been widespread reports of clergy members sexually abusing followers in various religions and denominations. Sexual predators often seek positions that gain the trust of vulnerable victims. Pastors and other religious clergy members have access to children who look up to them for guidance and support. However, a thorough investigation must follow when this trust is abused, and a pastor is accused of sexually abusing church members. Along with the criminal investigation of the accused, the church should also be investigated for possible negligence."
"Many times, church sex abuse happens due to church negligence. A church has an obligation to ensure the church members are safe from preventable danger, such as sexual abuse. When a church clergy member abuses their power and exploits victims, it may have been prevented by a good safety plan. This could include conducting background checks, installing security cameras, and reporting misconduct. When the church ignores past reports of inappropriate behavior involving the pastor, it has allowed them to abuse more victims. In negligence cases where the church has failed to uphold its legal duty, church sex abuse victims may have grounds for a lawsuit. Victims should seek the legal guidance of an experienced church sex abuse attorney to determine if they can file a lawsuit against a negligent church."