New sexual assault lawsuit filed against former North Love Baptist member

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – A former employee of the North Love Baptist Church and director of Reform Unanimity is named in a civil suit accusing child sexual abuse.

Daniel Black was not only a member of the North Love Baptist Church in Rockford at the time of the alleged abuse, he was also a youth group leader, deacon, counselor and local director of Reformer’s Unanimous.

The 50-page lawsuit claims that from 2006 to 2009, Black sexually assaulted a teenage girl, a girl between the ages of 14 and 17 during that time. This includes improper touching and touching, masturbation, oral sex, and other sexual acts. Victim’s lawyer Tim Freiberg then claims Pastor Paul Kingsbury was aware of the inappropriate behavior at the time it allegedly happened.

Freiberg says, “There are different instances where people in the church would see them outside in public holding hands. Some of them witnessed, I think, them kissing at one point. There are cell phone text messages that come into play in this area. The proof in this one is stupendous and astonishing.

“His parents informed Pastor Kingsbury that this was happening, who then promised them they would fix it, but never did. He transferred to Pascagoula, Mississippi, but continued to return to Rockford during this time. The relationship continued during this time, ”Freiberg said.

Freiberg says Black recently left his post as church pastor for a job in law enforcement. He also says the victim is just trying to heal. Other people who have come forward to bring a lawsuit against North Love have allowed her to tell her story.

“With everything that’s going on, everything that’s coming out of North Love, she just realized that now is the time. I know there are also a few victim advocates who have really helped a lot of these people gain the force to move forward, to try to right some wrongs and, obviously, to facilitate change within the church, ”Freiberg said.

North Love Baptist Church, North Love Christian School and Reformer’s Unanimous join Black as accused.

Freiberg says, “When a parent or a young minor comes up to them and tells them to look here’s what’s going on and I have these issues and their utter failure to report to the proper authorities, get rid of the individuals.” This is what makes them civilly responsible for these things.

The statute of limitations for criminal charges has expired, but that is not the case for a civil action. Freiberg says you’re 20 from the time of your 18th birthday or ten from the time you relate abuse to injury.

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