Capital Christian Center pastor responds to accusations against former teacher
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Hog-bound, gagged, undressed: These are some of the things five men today say happened to them in the 1980s when they were students at Capital Christian School.
“This trial concerns five boys who were sexually assaulted by their teacher. This is a case about an institution that failed these five children,” attorney Brian Williams said.
Scott Sorgea, Darren Sorgea, Dan Schumacher, Robbe Taylor and Kevin Williams have filed a lawsuit against Capital Christian School claiming that a former coach and teacher groomed and then abused them.
The suit centers on former teacher Dave Arnold, who the suit says worked at the school between 1980 and 1983. Former students say he built trust by buying, giving them money and gifts, then paying them to write down papers at his home. . According to the suit, he offered them extra money if they played a game that involved tying up pigs, blindfolding them – and in at least one case pulling down a student’s pants – and then watch them try to pull away.
They say Arnold gratified himself sexually as it happened.
“These children literally have to fight with their fists to keep this abuser away. One of them jumped out of his apartment window. Children shouldn’t have to resort to self-help,” said Brian Williams.
By “helping,” Brian Williams and Mike Reck, attorneys for the plaintiffs, refer to what they say was a lack of action by Capital Christian School when the allegations were reported. According to the lawsuit, in the early 1980s, the allegations were reported to school administrator and former head pastor Glen Cole, who did not report the incident to law enforcement.
Cole reportedly said, “No one is going to bring down my school. Not Arnold, not those boys, not just anyone.
“Capital Christian and the men who ran it made a choice to put their reputation above the safety of children and that’s a dangerous choice,” Reck told FOX40.
Arnold, who is also named in the lawsuit, left school in 1983. Until last month, he was an associate professor teaching online at another religious institution: Indiana Wesleyan University. The school said he retired, but would not comment on whether the retirement was related to inquiries from the Sacramento Bee, which first reported the abuse lawsuit.
“It was shocking. I actually felt nauseous just reading it,” said Rick Cole, senior pastor at Capital Christian Center.
Rick Cole is now the senior pastor of Capital Christian Center. The alleged abuse occurred when the school and church were in different locations and under the direction of Rick Cole’s father, who is now deceased.
“I can’t believe this would happen. Never heard of before; I never knew it was part of any student’s story from our experience here at our school,” Rick Cole said.
Rick Cole said the first time he heard about the allegations was two weeks ago when he was contacted by a reporter from The Sacramento Bee. He was advised not to discuss the lawsuit, but wanted to clarify some things.
“We want to provide care, do whatever we can to provide love, compassion and respond appropriately as we learn more about the situation and the responsibility we have at this point,” said Rick Cole.
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