Baptist Preacher faces new charges in paddling incident

Tribune staff reportPublished May 11, 2007, 8:01 PM CDT

An Elgin Baptist preacher charged with paddling a girl with a piece of wood last year will face two additional misdemeanor counts, authorities said Friday.A Kane County judge approved another charge of battery against Reverend Daryl Bujak in incidents that led to his May 2006 arrest. He also was charged with failing to notify authorities of a sex crime.
Reverend Bujak, pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church, was initially charged with battery after authorities said he disciplined a 12-year-old girl with a piece of wood, causing welts and bruises. The girl's mother took her to the pastor for guidance because she did not believe her daughter's story that she had been abused.An Ingleside man was later charged with sexually assaulting the girl.The new charge accuses Reverend Bujak of "conduct of an insulting or provoking nature" because the spanking was psychologically damaging, Assistant State's Atty. Steve Sims said.The other new count stems from a law requiring pastors to forward sex abuse allegations to authorities. Reverend Bujak's attorney argued the additional counts would jeopardize his right to a speedy trial.His next court date is June 29.
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