Former minister gets 12 years in sex assault case

2013-08-12T11:54:00Z 2013-08-12T22:43:46Z Former minister gets 12 years in sex assault caseBy Edith Brady-Lunny eblunny@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com

BLOOMINGTON — A former Twin City minister has been sentenced to 12 years in prison following his guilty plea to predatory criminal sexual assault charges.

Rodney D. Applington, 42, a former associate pastor at East White Oak Bible Church in rural Carlock, was charged in January with having illegal physical contact with a minor girl.

A second charge of predatory criminal sexual assault was dismissed in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Ghrist said after Friday’s hearing that “this case reminds us that child sex abuse is real and present in Bloomington-Normal. Acceptance of this as a community will lead to education and help protect our children.”

Applington faced six to 30 years on the Class X felony charges without the plea deal. He must serve 85 percent of the 12 years in prison.

The church said Applington’s employment with the church ended when the accusations surfaced, and the church cooperated with police during their investigation of the case.

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  1. Snert
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    Snert - August 15, 2013 12:35 pm
    Very nice broad brush you use without apologies, Judy. Glad you aren't a judge.
  2. Martin
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    Martin - August 12, 2013 10:29 pm
    I agree with Judy completely; however, the fear of false accusation or false perception has made really good people so apprehensive about assisting anyone. My son's kindergarten teacher once declined to assist him snapping his pants or even tying his shoe. Avoiding even the slightest appearance of being helpful or involved could be perceived as "grooming", so volunteer are harder to find. It is sad the world is so full of sick people, who's actions have life long consequences for victims.
  3. JudyJones
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    JudyJones - August 12, 2013 7:45 pm
    The brave victim is to be commended for speaking up and taking action to get this child predator in jail, which is not an easy thing to do. So let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Rodney D. Applington, will have the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement.
    Something to keep in mind-
    Child predators are very cunning and manipulative. They know every trick on how to groom, threaten, lie, and put the fear of god into their victims and sometimes even their family members. While they are grooming the child, they devote lots of time and energy building trust with them by giving them money and gifts. They tend to make the child feel that they are special and loved.

    They also appear to do a lot of goods things, they can be very charismatic and you may think they would never harm a child. They have to be this way, in order to not get caught and to continue to abuse. Sexual predators are often powerful and well-loved. It would be comforting if
    those who preyed on the vulnerable were obvious social misfits whose appearance would somehow set off alarm bells and give us the willies or the creeps. They rarely do. Usually, predators are among the last people we would suspect of sexually violating others.

    It is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever.
    Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
    "SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) We also have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, ministers, plus victims who were assaulted in institutional settings like orphanages, summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc.
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