Were you or a loved one sexually abused by Danny O. Hill, a former Southern Baptist minister at churches in Gibson City and Fisher, Illinois? In 2005, Hill was convicted on two counts of criminal sexual assault for abusing a young woman.
Danny Hill Convicted On Molestation Charges
In court testimony, the victim told jurors that Hill’s abuse began when she was 14 years old, spanning the course of six years. Yet some survivors believe justice has yet to be done. Neither of the churches at which Hill ministered have been held accountable for their role in the minister’s sexual abuse.
According to the News-Gazette, Danny O. Hill served as a minister at Southern Baptist churches in Gibson City and Fisher, Indiana. He also worked as a substitute teacher at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School, as well as serving as a chaplain for Carl Hospice in Champaign-Urbana. It is currently unknown whether he was ever accused of sexual abuse during his time as a substitute teacher, though the possibility remains open.
In 2005, a jury in Ford County found Hill guilty of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young woman from the time she was 14 years old. He faced a prison sentence of between 4 and 15 years and was made to register as a sex offender in Illinois.
Sexual Abuse In The Southern Baptist Church
Sexual abuse is unacceptable in any form. Our experienced Illinois attorneys are here to help. Were you or a loved one sexually abused by Danny O. Hill during his time as a minister in the Southern Baptist church? Were you violated by someone you trusted? We believe that you deserve justice. While Danny Hill has been punished for his crimes, the Southern Baptist church has not yet been held accountable for his misconduct.
From recent media reports, it appears that sexual abuse is rampant within Southern Baptist congregations. Over the last two decades, an astounding 700 victims have come forward to accuse Southern Baptist ministers and volunteers of sexual misconduct. But instead of tackling this problem head-on, the Southern Baptist Convention has thus far chosen to ignore it. Worse yet, many survivors say Southern Baptist churches have concealed sexual abuse cases from the secular authorities and the public.
Needless to say, this state of affairs is unacceptable. In a healthy church, sexual abuse survivors aren’t silenced or told to shut up. They are supported and listened to. In a healthy church, dangerous sexual predators aren’t protected. They are exposed and punished. Yet to this day, the Southern Baptist Convention has not published a set policy on responding to sexual abuse allegations for local churches to follow.
Experienced Sexual Abuse Attorneys
Our compassionate attorneys believe that sexual abuse survivors deserve strong support during this time of need. If you or a loved one were abused by Danny O. Hill, understand that you have powerful legal rights under Illinois law. In some cases, survivors may be eligible to pursue justice and financial compensation by filing a private civil lawsuit.
Can you file a lawsuit? Learn more about your legal options today in a free, confidential consultation with our experienced attorneys. We can help answer your questions and guide you through the legal process with confidence. Our only goal is to ensure that your rights are protected. We will pursue your best interests at all costs, no matter what.