Associate Pastor Accused of Abusing Teens

August 10, 2006

Chicago (AP) -- The associate pastor of a Chicago church is accused of sexually assaulting two 16-year-old girls after each went to his home to pray.

Twenty-eight-year-old William Sherrod Junior today was ordered held in lieu of 300-thousand dollars bail.

Sherrod, an associate pastor of the Living Faith Community Church, is charged with two counts each of criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse stemming from the two cases.

Cook County state's attorney spokeswoman Marcy Jensen says one girl was assaulted between January and May of this year. The second girl was assaulted in June.

Both girls were involved with Kids' Club, a social and educational program in Chicago's Cabrini-Green neighborhood which Sherrod oversaw.

Hutz Hertzberg of Chicago's Moody Church says Sherrod served in an unpaid position with the Living Faith Community Church, which is associated with the Moody Church.


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