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Community Christian Church Fires Pastor Errol Wright Amid Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse
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Tell City, IN – A newly released affidavit has revealed horrifying allegations against Errol Wright, the pastor of Community Christian Church located at 821 10th St, Tell City, IN 47586 . Wright, 48, has been arrested and is now facing charges of sexual misconduct with a minor, child seduction, and child solicitation. The affidavit, which contains deeply troubling information, has sent shockwaves through the community.

Victim Accuses Pastor of Sexually Abusing Her Over Several Years

According to the affidavit, the investigation was initiated after a courageous victim approached the Tell City Police Department in February. The victim, who was under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged incidents, accused Wright of sexually abusing her. The details that have emerged from her account are truly disturbing and paint a picture of long-term abuse and manipulation.

The victim alleges that the sexual abuse began when she was just 15 years old. She claims that she and Wright engaged in sexual intercourse on a regular basis, with encounters occurring up to three times per week. The abuse reportedly took place in various locations, including the Christian Community Church itself, where Wright served as a pastor. Shockingly, the victim asserts that Wright promised to leave his wife for her, only for her to realize that he had been deceitful and was using her solely for his own gratification.

Haunting Impact Child Sexual Abuse Had On Victim

Lily Masterson, the victim in this case, has bravely come forward to share her story. She describes her time with Wright as a “waking nightmare,” where she felt trapped and powerless. Masterson says she was excited when Wright’s family volunteered to foster her, thinking she would be safe, but instead, her life became a living hell.

The trauma of the abuse has had a lasting impact on Masterson’s life. She says she dropped out of college at the University of Evansville and turned to drugs, ultimately ending up homeless for a while. Masterson admits that she struggled with suicidal thoughts and deep depression, feeling that there was no point in living.

Despite the immense pain and suffering she has endured, Masterson has not lost her faith in God, but she has lost her faith in humanity. She says she can no longer blindly trust people, even those who are supposed to be safe, like a pastor.

Numerous Calls to Dept of Child Services Ignored

Masterson’s sister, Mashell, has expressed deep guilt and sadness that her sister had to go through this alone, with no one to turn to for support. The family’s trust has been shattered, and they are now grappling with the aftermath of this devastating situation.

Mashell, who played a crucial role in encouraging her to come forward, expressed her frustration with the authorities’ inaction. She revealed that her sister had confided in her about Wright’s actions eight years ago, and since then, she had made numerous attempts to seek justice through recorded phone calls to the Department of Child Services and the police department. However, her pleas fell on deaf ears, raising serious questions about the system’s failure to protect vulnerable individuals.

History of Sexual Misconduct Allegations While Coaching at Tell City High School

Adding to the gravity of the situation, it has come to light that Wright also served as a girls’ soccer coach at Tell City High School. In 2017 and 2018, rumors circulated regarding his inappropriate relationship with a student, leading the school to prohibit him from being alone with any students. The victim’s sister argues that this should have been a clear warning sign for authorities, demanding accountability for those responsible for allowing Wright to remain on staff.

Community Calls for Accountability

Outrage and demands for accountability are echoing throughout the community in the wake of these distressing revelations. When asked if Wright was still employed by Community Christian Church, they responded “We have felt the same shock and hurt as the community concerning the recent incident involving our previous pastor. We neglected to release a statement until now because his family is heavily involved in the church, and we wished to give them time to process.”

The church further stated it takes “accusations of this nature very seriously, and thus Errol Wright is no longer employed by the church and will have no further active involvement, as pastor or otherwise.”

As the community grapples with the shocking revelations, Errol Wright was taken into custody at the Perry County Jail on a bond of $48,005, but released on Tuesday. The charges he faces are grave, and the case will undoubtedly be closely monitored as it progresses through the legal system.

Protecting the Vulnerable: A Conversation with Indiana Child Sex Abuse Lawyer

The disturbing allegations against former pastor Errol Wright have sent shockwaves through the community of Tell City, Indiana. As the investigation into the claims of sexual abuse against a minor under his care continues, the legal implications and responsibilities of those involved have come under intense scrutiny. To better understand the complexities of this case and the rights of victims in similar situations, we sat down with Indiana child sex abuse lawyer Jeff Gibson to discuss the path forward for child sexual abuse survivors.

Laurence Banville, Esq. (LB): Good afternoon, readers. Today, we have a special guest joining us – sexual assault attorney Jeff Gibson, Esq. – to discuss the legal rights available for children who have been sexually abused by pastors. Welcome, Mr. Gibson.

Jeff Gibson, Esq. (JG): Thank you, Laurence. Glad to be here.

LB: With the recent allegations against Pastor Errol Wright, can you explain what legal options exist for survivors of church abuse in Indiana?

JG: Certainly. Survivors of church abuse in Indiana have legal avenues to pursue justice for the harm they have suffered. They can take legal action by filing civil claims against the responsible parties, such as the church or the individual pastor. Through these claims, survivors can seek compensation for various damages, including medical expenses, therapy costs, and emotional distress.

LB: That’s important information, Mr. Gibson. Could you provide some insight into the typical legal process survivors would go through when filing such claims?

JG: Of course. When survivors choose to pursue a civil claim, they would collaborate with an attorney to build their case. This involves gathering evidence, such as witness statements and relevant documents, to support their claims. The attorney would then file a lawsuit on their behalf and engage in negotiations or litigation with the defense. The ultimate aim is to secure a fair settlement for the survivor or proceed to trial if necessary.

LB: Thank you for outlining that process, Mr. Gibson. What advice would you give to survivors who may feel hesitant about coming forward due to fear or concerns about their legal rights?

JG: It’s important for survivors to know that they are not alone in this fight. Seeking legal representation from an experienced attorney who specializes in church abuse cases can provide the necessary support and guidance. Attorneys can help survivors understand their rights and available options, working diligently to hold the responsible parties accountable. Confidentiality is also crucial, ensuring that survivors’ identities and stories are protected throughout the legal proceedings.

LB: An important consideration in these types of cases is the potential for there to be additional victims beyond the initial complainant. Can you speak to that issue and what it means for the investigation and prosecution?

JG: That’s a critical point. In cases of child sexual abuse, especially when the perpetrator is in a position of trust and authority like a pastor, there is often a high likelihood that there are other victims beyond the initial complainant.

Perpetrators of this type of abuse will frequently target multiple victims, often over an extended period of time. They may use their position and influence to gain access to and groom vulnerable children. And sadly, many victims are reluctant to come forward, either out of shame, fear, or a misplaced sense of loyalty to their abuser.

LB: Thank you, Mr. Gibson, for taking the time to go over this important matter. We appreciate your perspective on the legal rights available to survivors of church abuse.

JG: It was my pleasure to contribute, Laurence. Thank you for addressing this issue.

Free Consultations for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

For victims of church-related sexual abuse, the path forward can seem daunting and overwhelming. However, it’s crucial to remember that you have rights, and there are professionals who are dedicated to fighting for justice on your behalf.

If you or someone you know has experienced abuse within a church setting, we encourage you to reach out to our team for a free consultation. Our team of attorneys has a deep understanding of the unique challenges these cases present and can provide the guidance and support you need to take the next steps.

Remember, you are not alone. By coming forward and seeking accountability, you not only empower yourself, but you also help to create a safer environment for others. Together, we can work towards healing, justice, and a future where no child has to endure the trauma of abuse.

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and take the first step towards reclaiming your power.


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