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Charges dropped against former Village Church children’s minister Matt Tonne

Sep 3, 2020

By Emily McFarlan Miller

Criminal charges have been dropped against a former associate children’s minister at The Village Church, a Dallas-area evangelical megachurch.

Matt Tonne was indicted for indecency with a child involving sexual contact in January 2019 and has denied the charges against him.

The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office moved to dismiss the charges against Tonne last week, according to court documents. The motion — signed by Sherre Thomas, an assistant district attorney of Dallas County — states that, despite an investigation, “the complainant cannot and has not positively identified defendant as the person who committed this offense.”

A young woman who attended The Village Church while growing up has accused Tonne of sexually assaulting her at a 2012 church camp she attended when she was 11. Now an adult, she sued the Village Church for gross negligence and emotional distress last year, seeking $1 million in damages.

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