CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Several organizations have been added to a multi-million dollar civil lawsuit that has been filed for alleged sexual abuse at the hands of a church leader.
The Southern Baptist Convention, The Baptist General Association of Virginia and the Petersburg Baptist Association have been added to the lawsuit. The suit alleges that these organizations could have prevented the abuse from happening.
“We believe because of that, these organizations had power over these member churches,” Attorney Kevin Biniazan said. “They had a duty to protect these children.”
The victims are now 14 to 23 years old. The lawsuit claims the abuse happened at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Colonial Heights between 2008 and 2015.
“Molesting and sexually assaulting children at the church. Our clients, we think of it, were in and out at different periods,” Biniazan said.
Jeffrey Dale Clark, the former youth leader, is already serving a 25-year prison sentence for his crimes, while his father, Alvin “Ted” Clark and Fred K. Adkins, a former junior pastor, are also named in the suit.
Biniazan told 8News his eight clients should be compensated for the actions made by former leaders with the Immanuel Baptist Church. He claims that the leaders committed child molestation from touching, from sodomy to actual intercourse.
“These kids are entitled to compensation for what they’ve gone through,” Biniazan said. “We’ll see whether those organizations are willing to step up.”
Biniazan is seeking a jury trial in Chesterfield County Circuit Court. No trial date has been set.