Illinois Pastor Charged With Sexually Violating Congregant Is Still Conducting Services

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An Illinois pastor who has been charged with sexually violating a member of his flock conducted a service as usual with no comment on the arrest two days after posting bail.

The Christian Post reports that Antwon M. Funches Sr., the pastor of the 110-year-old St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Freeport, Illinois was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge on July 8 after an unidentified church member accused him of having “sexually violated” them on June 18, according to police records.

Funches also once pled guilty to conspiring to commit substantial cocaine and heroin deals while serving as a Cook County Sheriff’s officer.

“He was my pastor that I trusted dearly,” the alleged victim said in an order of protection filed against Funches. “I didn’t deserve to be violated.”

The victim says that Funches committed the alleged act when traveling to the congregant’s home to fix a refrigerator. Their identity was withheld due to privacy concerns.

While Freeport Police was not able to provide a copy of Funches’ arrest record to the press, according to The Roys Report, the no-contact order which the victim had applied for against Funches instructs him to stop contacting the victim’s family and “to stop spreading rumors in the church.”

The pastor posted a $750 bond on July 9, yet was preaching from the pulpit two days later and again the following Sunday.

According to The Christian Post, he did not mention the charges filed against him nor his arrest in either case.

His sermon topic reportedly covered Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Neither the church nor Funches responded to requests for comment from The Christian Post or The Roys Report.

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