Albany woman files sexual abuse lawsuit against Troy church


August 8, 2020

An Albany woman is suing a Troy church, its pastor and a deacon in an alleged case of sexual abuse that happened when she was 5-years-old.

Abigail Barker claims in the lawsuit that Deacon Mark Rhodes of Victorious Life Christian Church sexually molested her in 1998. She is also suing the church and its pastor Dominick Brignola for alleged negligence and cover-up after being told of the incident.

Barker is suing under New York’s Child Victims Act, saying she’s seeking accountability for those in power.

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