Lawsuit Claims Pastor Sexually Assaulted Secretary


November 18, 2008

DENVER (Map, News) - A former secretary at a Denver church has filed a lawsuit against the church and its senior pastor, alleging he sexually assaulted her twice in the church office in 2007.

The lawsuit in Denver District Court names senior pastor Willie Simmons and Central Baptist Church.

Simmons declined comment. James Slay, chairman of the church's board of trustees, did not return calls.

Denver police investigated a complaint filed by the woman, but the district attorney's office declined to prosecute, saying there was "no reasonable likelihood of conviction."


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