Church Official Charged with Sexual Abuse in Shiloh, Ill.

Brett Blume

SHILOH, Ill. (KMOX) – A church official from Shiloh, Illinois has been arrested on four counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

The charges against 47-year-old Jeffrey Strait initially came to light last week when a parishioner at First Baptist Church in Fairview Heights told police about an incident where the parishioner was abused as a minor by a church deacon or youth minister.

Shiloh Police Chief Jim Stover says since then four more teenaged victims have stepped forward.

“Contact was initiated in his capacity as a youth minister,” says Stover.

Anyone else who feels they were victimized should contact Shiloh Police.

Strait’s being held on a half-million dollar bond.


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