A fundamentalist Christian sect with close ties to the newest judge on the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, has hired law firms over claims it failed to properly investigate three claims of sex abuse against underage members.
People of Praise, which grew out of the charismatic Christian movement of the early 1970s and now claims to have 1,700 followers, has hired a former sex crimes prosecutor and second law firm to investigate the allegations made by the women.
One accuser, Katie Logan, claims she was sexually abused by a teacher at a People of Praise school in 2001, when she was 17. She says the school failed to follow-up her reports of the abuse until she went to police in December 2020. The other two say they were abused as children by members of a sect that later joined with People of Praise, and that PoP subsequently failed to investigate properly.
Logan, now 37, was just 17 when her high school physics teacher, Dave Beskar, sexually assaulted her in 2001, she alleges.
Beskar was a teacher at Trinity School at River Ridge, in Eagan, Minnesota.
She said she had a teenage crush on him; he was 35 at the time.
He would come round to the family home, in their tight-knit community, and had dinner with her and her parents – something she now sees as grooming.
One evening, when her parents were away, he came over to use the family’s computer, Logan alleges.
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Source: Daily Mail