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Lawsuit: CA Pastor Molested Stepdaughter for Years, Starting When She Was 11

Oct 8, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

Just like New York, the state of California last year lengthened the statute of limitations when it comes to sexual abuse. Before the law was passed, if you were molested as a child but only came to terms with the effects of that much later in life, there wasn’t much you could do about it. The new law allowed adults to file sexual abuse claims even if the abuse occurred decades earlier.

It was bad news for the Boy Scouts and Catholic Church.

The Sacramento Bee published a story yesterday about one of the victims now using the law to sue her alleged attacker, and the entire thing is sickening. The victim says her stepfather, John Bernard Black Sr., began molesting her when she was 11 years old. At the time, he was a pastor at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Sacramento.

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