Two young women are suing the Southern Baptist Convention and two of its ministers for their sexual assault which they state in court documents began when they were four and six years old. The two women, labeled in court documents only as C.D. and E.F. as one of them is still a minor, claim that a Baptist minister, Michael Whitworth, the son of their church pastor, sexually abused them from 1998 to 2005.
“Both girls say they and and their families were members of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Franklin, Texas, run by the Rev. Carl Whitworth,” Courthouse News reports:
The pastor’s son, Michael Whitworth, was allegedly an appointed youth minister and later formally ordained, despite his “dangerous, atrocious and utterly intolerable conduct towards children.”
“Michael Whitworth molested both girls on the premises of Mt. Pleasant Baptist,” according to the complaint. “Michael Whitworth also molested C.D. on the grounds of the adjoining cemetery. … Michael Whitworth also molested E.F. inside the church van during or after a church youth function. … Michael Whitworth also molested C.D. at the residence of Carl Whitworth and Marta Whitworth during an event on behalf of or sponsored by the Mt. Pleasant Baptist or The Trias Foundation.”
C.D. and E.F. seek exemplary damages from the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Dallas-based Baptist General Convention of Texas, The Trias Foundation, and all three Whitworths.
The complaint asserts allegations of assault, negligence and gross negligence.
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