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Claims church failed to act on 'pervert'
CHURCH elders allowed a paedophile pastor and youth leader to ply his evil trade by failing to act on
repeated warnings over his "inappropriate Behaviour" with young boys, court documents claim.
Trevor John Russell is serving a nine-year sentence for molesting boys while a pastor at Christian
City Church Marion - which has denied that it owes the victims any compensation.
Three men, now in their early 40s, have launched a civil claim against the church over the abuse they
suffered at the hands of Russell at church-run youth camps in the Flinders Ranges in the late 1970s
and early 1980s when they were aged 12 and 13.
In their District Court statement of claim, the men say three female church members had complained to
senior church staff that Russell was "a pervert" who had behaved inappropriately towards young boys.
The victims all claim to have suffered ongoing psychological and psychiatric problems because of their
childhood abuse, including post traumatic stress disorder.
The church denies it was responsible or liable for the actions of Russell.
The civil case has been adjourned for a further hearing in March next year.
Paedophile confesses to molesting 5 more boys
A convicted paedophile has confessed in the South Australian Supreme Court to molesting five teenage boys up to 30 years ago.
Trevor John Russell, 57, of Stansbury has already pleaded guilty to sexually abusing four teenage boys at church camps in the early 1980s.
But the case took a new turn today, when Russell confessed to abusing five other boys in the 1970s and '80s.
Prosecutor Karen Ingleton said one of those victims had agreed to let the judge take his case into account when sentencing Russell.
But Ms Ingleton asked the judge not to include the other four new victims in her sentence, to give the men the opportunity to have their day in court.
She said some of the victims could not be contacted, while others were still coming to terms with the sudden confession.
ABC News (17-1-2007)
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