Elgin Pastor's Case Advances

By Nathaniel Zimmer
The Courier News
December 2, 2006,3_1_EL02_A4PADDLE_S1.article

Elgin -- The Rev. Daryl P. Bujak moved a step closer to getting his day in court Friday, when 16th Circuit Court Judge Robert Janes set a date for a hearing on two motions made by the pastor.

Bujak, 30, was charged with a single count of misdemeanor battery in May.

Authorities allege he repeatedly spanked a then 12-year-old girl with a piece of wood molding because he and the girl's mother thought she was lying when she said she had been sexually abused by another man.

The mother has said she consented to the beatings but that she now believes her daughter was telling the truth about the sexual abuse. Matthew Resh, 33, of Ingleside, has been charged with five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in the case. The status of Resh's case could not be determined Friday, as the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office was closed due to the overnight snowstorm.

The pastor at First Missionary Baptist Church in Elgin, Bujak is seeking to question potential jurors individually and to exclude the introduction of certain evidence that his lawyer, Ross Bartolotta, said Friday would be prejudicial.

The hearing was set for Jan. 12.


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