PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland man is suing a Eugene church where he says he suffered sexual abuse as a child at the hands of one of its pastors, William Walker. William Walker died in 1992.
Attorneys from the Portland law firm of O’Donnell Clark & Crew LLP filed a complaint for their client, Jack Doe, who claimed the abuse occurred almost 28 years ago. The complaint alleges that Walker abused his position of leadership as a church Pastor and mentor to repeatedly sexually abuse Jack Doe when he was only about 11 years old, both at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene, as well as at Camp Magruder, a Methodist church camp. Attorneys said their client’s abuse included “kissing, fondling, and anal sex on multiple occasions”.
The law firm representing the plaintiff cited a 1992 article from The Register-Guard, which stated that church officials told church members in November 1992 that Pastor Walker has abused his position of power by making sexual advances at young men. The Register-Guard article also stated, “In all, at least 12 males, including six or more ministers and one minor, … told church leaders that Walker made sexual advances toward them [,]“.
The plaintiff in this case said he hopes this lawsuit will hold the church accountable for its actions and prevent future instances of abuse from happening. The case was filed on Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court by attorneys Gilion C. Dumas and Ashley L. Nastoff of Portland’s O’Donnell Clark & Crew LLP law firm.
O’Donnell Clark & Crew LLP frequently represents adult victims of childhood sexual abuse. This law firm is the same firm involved in the public release of the Boy Scouts of America’s “Perversion” files, which documented childhood sexual abuse of Scouts by Scout leaders between 1965 and 1985.