According to Fox 32, La Grange Park Police arrested a youth leader from Rock of Ages Church located at 1309 Madison St, Maywood, IL 60153.
La Grange Park police have announced the arrest of Tony E. Moton, 48, of La Grange Park, after a sexual assault allegation involving two juvenile victims came to light. The alleged victims, who were members of the Rock of Ages Church in Maywood, told police that Moton was their youth leader.
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office has charged Moton with two counts of criminal sexual assault. Detectives took him into custody on Friday, March 31, 2023, and he is due to appear in bond court on Monday, April 3, 2023.
The La Grange Park Police Department is investigating the allegations and encourages anyone with information to contact them. They are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for their community.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is an experienced lawyer who specializes in sexual abuse cases in Illinois. He has represented many victims who have been abused by a church youth pastor in civil lawsuits. In a recent interview, he discussed when to file a church sex abuse lawsuit.
"As an experienced church sexual abuse lawyer, I can tell you that churches have a duty to provide a safe environment for their youth congregation. This includes taking proactive steps to protect youth from sexual abuse by youth pastors or other church staff members. Churches have a responsibility to ensure that proper measures are in place to screen employees, provide training for staff and volunteers, and take action if any inappropriate behavior is reported."
"When a youth is sexually abused by a youth leader or pastor, the victim and their family have legal rights. Depending on the circumstances, the victim and their family may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the church and the pastor for negligence. This could include negligence in the hiring process, failing to provide proper training and supervision, or failing to take appropriate action when an incident of abuse is reported."
"It is essential that churches understand their legal obligations to protect their youth congregation and take the necessary steps to ensure a safe environment. When a youth is sexually abused, victims and their families also need to understand their legal rights and options for obtaining justice and compensation. It is imperative that victims speak with an experienced sex abuse lawyer to explore their rights for justice."