Invisible Children

Girl by James Monson

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

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A 16-year-old girl was raped approximately 10 times by her homeschooling teacher, pastor James Monson of Gaining Ground Community Church. Pregnant with her boyfriend’s child, the girl ran away from her home in Texas in December 2011 to live with Monson, a family friend. Monson raped her in the bed they shared; she was afraid to say no. The rapes were reported to police by the girl’s mother. Monson was charged with with sexual exploitation by a therapist, sexual assault of a child by a person who works or volunteers with children, exposing genitals or pubic area, and sexual intercourse with a child 16 or over.

Date: February 2012
Location: Sparta, Wisconsin

Documents: Date:
Sparta pastor accused of sexually assaulting teen 2012-02-22
Sparta pastor arrested for sexual assault 2012-02-22
Wisconsin Pastor Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Child 2012-02-23
Sparta, Wis., pastor charged in sexual assault on girl, 16 2012-02-27