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Deacon Allegedly Kissed Girl, 14; Gave Her Kama Sutra Book

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Arthur Cox (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Arthur Cox (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

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CHICAGO (STMW) – A 66-year-old man Cook County prosecutors described as a “member of the clergy” allegedly gave a minor a copy of the Kama Sutra and said he kissed her because she was “shy” and he “wanted her to be more confident.”

Arthur Cox, who was wearing a T-shirt in bond court that read: “God has my back,” allegedly attacked the 14-year-old girl while taking her out for a food run on the far South Side on May 30.

When the girl got inside the car to get the meals near 111th and Western, Cox kissed her on the mouth and touched her over her clothing, Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Novy said.

Cox then asked the teenager if she was a virgin, gave her a copy of the Kama Sutra and told her to read it, Novy said.

Cox allegedly made crude comments to the girl and told her he’d pick her up later that night.

He also told the girl if she ever wanted to ditch school, he’d pick her up, Novy said.

The girl tried calling her relatives with Cox’s cell phone, but he never left her alone, Novy said.

Once Cox drove her back home, the girl told her family and gave her mother the Kama Sutra Cox had given her, Novy said.

The girl’s relatives shoved Cox out of the house after they confronted him and he gave them an explanation of why he kissed the teenager, Novy said.

The police were contacted several days later and the copy of the Kama Sutra was recovered and inventoried.

Cox is listed as a “deacon” in his police report but no other details were given as to which religious institute he serves.

Judge Laura Sullivan ordered Cox held in lieu of $250,000 bail Thursday for aggravated criminal sexual abuse and indecent solicitation of a child.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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