Church sued for its alleged inaction and not interceding in its pastor’s depravity

Texarkana Gazette

September 3, 2020

By Lynn LaRowe
Three women have filed a lawsuit stemming from abuse they suffered at the hands of a Texarkana, Arkansas, pastor who is now serving multiple life sentences for child sexual assault.

Aftesha Cooper, Deangela Lang and Stacy Jackson testified in late June and early July that Logan Wesley III, pastor of Trinity Temple Church of God in Christ in Texarkana, Arkansas, sexually abused them for years. At the end of Wesley’s trial in Bowie County, Texas, a jury convicted him of all counts. He is currently serving five consecutive life sentences plus 220 years.

Texarkana lawyer David Carter and Dallas lawyer Neil Smith filed a civil lawsuit Thursday on behalf of Cooper, Lang and Jackson in Miller County, Arkansas, circuit court. Named as defendants in the suit are COGIC Inc. headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Trinity Temple Church of God in Christ in Texarkana, Arkansas, local missionary Barbara Stuckey of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Logan Wesley’s wife, Cynthia Wesley, of Texarkana, Texas.

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