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A Chicago pastor is accused of sexually abusing a pair of twin 12-year-old girls that he tutored in his home.
Jeffery Parks, 51, has been charged with one felony count of predatory criminal assault of a victim under 13 and one felony count of aggravated criminal abuse of a victim under 13, according to online jail records.
Parks, of Hyde Park, was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail on Sunday.
“The victims relayed that beginning in 2017, the offender tutored the victims and during those tutoring sessions, the offender would inappropriately place his hands on the victims’ bodies,” Chicago Police spokesman Michael Carroll said in a news release obtained by the Chicago Tribune. Often the alleged abuse, which went on for about three years, would be conducted over clothing but sometimes it was skin-to-skin. He allegedly touched both their thighs and private areas.
The girls told their mother about the alleged abuse after she had a conversation with them about inappropriate touching.
Both victims have reportedly outlined the alleged abuse in videotaped interviews with investigators.
Parks worked as a pastor at Good Shepherd Church. It’s not clear if he is still employed there or if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf. Parks is scheduled to appear in court again next week.
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