A San Antonio youth pastor was arrested on Friday, March 6 for allegedly sexually abusing a child. 40-year-old Clayton Turner has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child.
Deputies were contacted on February 28 when a 12-year-old girl reported that Turner inappropriately touched her. The girl reported the abuse at her school and an employee for the school district notified police.
Investigators spoke with the victim, who told them that Turner had been sexually abusing her for the past couple of years. Turner says that he is a youth pastor for "The Message" and "Guadalupe Seminary", but police could not verify either location.
The authorities believe that Turner had access to children through several places of worship. Police are worried that there could be more victims.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan is an experienced sex abuse victims lawyer who represents victims of sex abuse by youth pastors and other church clergy members. Marc has offered to share some general information on the legal rights of church sex abuse victims:
Tragically, sexual predators are often found in highly trusted positions, including as youth pastors and other religious clergy members. Churches and other religious organizations must stay aware of the fact that sexual predators pose a threat to their congregations. Preventative measures must be taken to protect church members from these predators.
When a youth pastor is charged with sexually abusing a child, it's important to thoroughly investigate all of the circumstances surrounding the abuse. Could the abuse have been prevented if not for negligence? For example, a church could be deemed negligent for ignoring previous complaints of inappropriate behavior by the pastor. In cases involving negligence, church sex abuse victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the church.
If you or your child is a victim of sexual abuse by a youth pastor, we strongly advise discussing your legal options with an experienced clergy sex abuse lawyer. You can learn more by contacting us today to set up a free consultation with one of our lawyers.