Man Charged with Child Sex Assaults

March 4, 2009

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DETROIT (WXYZ) - A church member who was trusted in the community is accused of sexually assaulting young boys.

36-year-old Berguss Hester has been charged with crimes against several boys, and is facing 9 counts of criminal sexual conduct. Berguss was a member of Perfecting Church on Detroit's east side. Parishioners were notified of the allegations Monday night and are saddened and concerned.

Police say the assaults did not take place at the church, but at Berguss Hester's home. He has reportedly confessed to assaults on some of the young children.

Hester would reportedly gain the trust of parents in the community by saying he would bring their children to church. In some cases, parents would allow him to babysit and let their children stay the night.

Leaders at Perfecting Church are asking anyone with information on any other possible cases of abuse to come forward.


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