Additional charges for deacon accused of molestation

SHILOH, Ill. – A Fairview Heights church official charged with four counts of criminal sexual abuse of a minor earlier this week is facing five more charges.

Jeffrey D. Strait, 47, was charged Friday with five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse with a victim between the ages of 13 and 17.

Strait, a deacon at First Baptist Church in Fairview Heights, was arrested at his home on Tuesday. He is accused of meeting the male victims at the church, and bringing them to his home, where he abused them.

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of Straight's is asked to call Det. Sgt. Kyle Bade or Det. Jessie Phillips at 618-632-9047.

Strait remains at the St. Clair County Jail on a $500,000 bond.


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