Former Youth Ministry Leader Charged With Sexually Abusing Two Girls
WHEATON, Ill. (STMW) — A former youth ministry leader at a West Chicago church is accused of having sexual contact with two underage girls.
Osman Bahadarakhann, 23, was charged with three counts of felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse and ordered held on $300,000 bond at a hearing Wednesday, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office.
Bahadarakhann was a youth ministry leader at the Community Fellowship Church in West Chicago, and was in a position of trust and authority over the two girls, State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement.
Bahadarakhann invited one of the girls to his apartment in the fall of 2013, and had inappropriate sexual contact with her, prosecutors claim. He allegedly had contact with a second girl several weeks later, also at his apartment.
The girls and their parents contacted the DuPage County Sheriff’s office, who investigated along with the DuPage County Children’s Center.
The west suburban church has cooperated with authorities throughout the investigation, the state’s attorney’s office said.
“If these allegations are proven true, Mr. Bahadarakhann violated the trust placed in him by his two victims as well as the Community Fellowship Church just to satisfy his own despicable desires,” Berlin said in the statement.
Bahadarakhann, of the 1200 block of Kings Circle in West Chicago, will next appear in court May 5, the statement said.
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