Averyville Baptist Church, where a youth pastor is accused of child sex abuse.
Youth Pastor Accused of Sexually Abusing Boy at Averyville Baptist Church
A youth pastor at Averyville Baptist Church was arrested on Friday, January 25 for allegedly sexually abusing a young boy over the course of several years. The alleged victim, who is now an adult, came forward to police in October and told them that 36-year-old Jacob Lee Coyle sexually abused him numerous times when he was between the ages of 13 and 17.
Coyle has been charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He remained in custody Tuesday on $100,000 bond.
The young man said that the alleged abuse began in 2006 and continued for four years. He said that he joined the church at age 12 and participated in youth activities as part of the church’s “teen unit”, which was led by Coyle. He also said that Coyle frequently “cracked” and rubbed the backs of youth group members during these activities.
According to the affidavit, nearly all of the sexual abuse occurred at the church. Most of them happened in a guest bedroom referred to the “prophet’s chambers.” There was also one assault at a church camp.
Coyle is charged with committing sexual assault while in a position of supervision or authority, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. The aggravated abuse charge has a maximum sentence of 7 years.
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