56-year-old Texarkana pastor Logan Wesley has been arrested on child sex abuse charges after surrendering to police. Wesley is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child.
The victim is now an adult and reported that Wesley had sexually abused her on a regular basis for several years, starting when she was 12 years old. Detective Tabitha Smith investigated the allegations and found probable cause that the abuse had happened. A warrant was issued for Wesley and he turned himself in on Tuesday, November 19.
The Texarkana Police Department released a statement that said they have received information that there are other victims who are ready to come forward with allegations that Wesley also sexually abused them as children.
The police also believe that there could be more victims that have not come forward yet. Other victims and people who know of other victims have been asked to call Detective Tabitha Smith at (903) 798-3116.
Lawyer Marc Lenahan represents sexual abuse victims and their families in civil cases. We've asked Marc to share some general info regarding the legal rights of church sex abuse victims and their families:
Sexual predators are often close to their victims and found working in positions of trust and authority, including as clergy members in churches. These predators exploit the trust of their communities in order to commit heinous crimes.
Victims of sexual abuse by pastors and other clergy members deserve answers, support, and justice. These victims have legal rights in both criminal and civil courts. By reporting the abuse to police, the pastor will be faced with a criminal investigation. Additionally, there are some situations where victims of clergy sex abuse may have grounds for a lawsuit.
A lawsuit may be an option in cases of church negligence - such as ignoring previous complaints of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior by the accused clergy member.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by a pastor, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with one of our experienced sex abuse survivors lawyers in a free consultation.