SOUTH BARRINGTON, illinois. – A massive Chicago-area evangelical church, whose founder faces allegations of sexual harassment and paid $3.25 million to settle lawsuits alleging a church volunteer sexually abused two disabled children.
The Chicago Tribune reports that court documents show Willow Creek Community Church made the payments last year and in February. The church has refused concerning allegations of negligence.
The volunteer, Robert Sobczak, Jr., is serving a seven year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2014 to the sexual abuse of an 8-year-old boy in the church and an older boy who is not connected to Willow Creek.
The payments came for the church founder Bill Hybels resignation in April . He has denied groping allegations dating back to the 1980s. The church of the Council of Elders apologized last week for being slow to the allegations seriously.
Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com