Last week, two stories out of Illinois detail two men arrested separately, one for possession and distribution of child pornography, and the other for two counts of aggravated sexual abuse.
Both men are associated with local churches.
The possessor of child pornography was a 21-year-old daycare worker at a Catholic school's daycare. Nathaniel Caldwell, is charged with three counts of child pornography.
Prosecutors said 169 pornographic images, and 17 pornographic videos, were found on Caldwell’s phone. Two photographs and one video were of children under the age of 13.
Caldwell was arrested last Wednesday at St. Peter School, where he worked.
Adams County State's Attorney General Gary Farha told reporters that "there hasn’t been any child that has been identified. That will be certainly investigated but I don’t want parents that might have had children at the St. Peter’s facility to think that their children were involved."
Farha said the federal government is interested in prosecuting the case and the State’s Attorney’s Office is expected to sit down with the U.S. Attorney’s Office how to possibly move forward with a federal case.
Caldwell is scheduled to appear in court on November 13th. Documents reviewed by reporters indicate that Caldwell's arrest was predicated by a tip to the Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Division.
The other case from last week in Illinois involves a Christian pastor who was arrested for two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a minor. Jeffrey Krupinski, 51, of Pittsfield, IL, was arrested on October, 26th. Krupinski is the pastor for Detroit Christian Church in Detroit, IL.
Krupinski had a preliminary appearance in court last week, where his bond was set at $45,000. He next due in court on November 13th, the same day as Caldwell. Krupinski is also forbidden from having contact with anyone under the age of 18.
I have spent a lot of time writing about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church as well as other Christian denominations and other religions, too.
In the wake of many of these stories, church leaders, while attempting to defend themselves, have said things like, "that was a long time ago," or "it was in the past, we don't let that happen anymore."
No. It is still happening. We need to keep calling out these stories and holding these people and the organizations they represent accountable for their actions. Until this is is not happening at all, we still have work to do.