Local Sunday School Teacher Accused of Sexual Abuse

October 23, 2010

[with video]

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A local Sunday School teacher is now behind bars after investigators say he sexually abused teens affiliated with the church.

Terry Carlson, 54, was taken into custody yesterday. The youth pastor holds a number of titles with Kishwaukee Baptist Church in Rockford including bus driver, trustee, and Sunday School teacher.

Carlson is charged with more than 20 counts relating to sexual assault of a child. So far two victims, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old, have come forward.

"If you have as a parent, any information that you feel like before, didn't make sense to you, or that you didn't report now would be the time to do so," Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato said.

Carlson has worked in the church for several years. Investigators won't say if the crimes were committed in the facility. Right now bond is set at half a million dollars.

Bruscatto is asking that any information or potential victims come forward in this case.


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