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Lawsuit Against Pastor Derstine, Gospel Crusade

3/9/2011 8:49:00 AM
Sarah Odegaard

Update:  This case has reached an out of court settlement.  We commend this brave survivor for having the courage to speak up and out about the abuse she suffered.

In August of 2010, we filed a lawsuit against Pastor Derstine, Gospel Crusade Inc. and Gospel Crusade Fellowship Inc., for sexual abuse of Plaintiff, a minor, by Gerald Derstine at the Strawberry Lake Retreat in Minnesota.  This lawsuit is ongoing in United States District Court, District of Minnesota.  This case has generated significant discussion on our old blog site, and we hope to facilitate continued discussion of this case here on our new website.  Please post any new related comments to this blog.   We will continue to post any new developments in the case as it unfolds.  You can find active links to the transcript of the recorded police call and the letter from Pastor Derstine to Plaintiff here.  Thank you for your interest in this case.  By making known that Pastor Gerald Derstine is accused of child sexual abuse, we hope to protect other kids and make sure this is never allowed to happen again.