Minister in spanking case: Alleged victim testifies about beatingsChicago Tribune, By Clifford Ward and John Keilman, March 18, 2009
Rev. Daryl Bujak didn't believe the girl
when she said she had been sexually abused, and he wanted to cure her rebellious
at-home behavior. So week after week, when her mother brought her in for
counseling, he allegedly punished her with a bruising spanking.
The girl, now 16, took the witness stand Tuesday and described nearly ritualistic spankings during her meetings with the pastor. She said the number of blows depended on her mother's account of how she had behaved at home that week.
"Fifteen [blows] was a good week," she said.
The spankings raised painful welts, the girl said, and her backside became so sore she had to sit on her hands during the church service.
The girl's parents brought her to Bujak, their pastor, in March 2005 after she gave her mother a note vaguely describing alleged sexual abuse. The mother testified she did not believe her and shared that view with Bujak.
The girl said she met privately with the pastor, who questioned her sharply. After two hours, she said, she decided to end the interrogation by falsely saying she had made up the story.
But her mother agreed to keep bringing her back, hoping to improve her conduct. She told the judge she knew corporal punishment would be part of the routine.
Bujak's attorney, Ross Bartolotta, did not dispute the spankings but argued that the pastor was simply disciplining the girl with the full knowledge of her parents. He added that Bujak, also charged with failing to report sexual abuse, could hardly be expected to believe her story when her own mother did not.
After the mother had grown to believe her daughter's allegations, the pastor accompanied them to the police station in far north suburban Richmond.
Resh awaits a July trial.
Bujak's trial is expected to conclude Wednesday.
News8 - February 9, 2009 - Present
News7 - August 10, 2007 - February 9, 2009
News6 - August 21, 2006 - July 23, 2007
News5 - January 3, 2005 - April 18, 2006
News4 - November 6, 2002 - December 26, 2004
News3 - July 7, 2099 - October 26, 2002
News2 - May. 1, 1998 - June 27, 1999
News1 - April 27, 1976 - April 30, 1998