Sex Abuse Case Moves Forward Against Former Bell Gardens Pastor

By City News Service

(CNS) – A judge has cleared the way for trial of a young man’s lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused by the former pastor of a Lutheran church in Bell Gardens.

Ruling on a defense motion to dismiss some or all of the allegations, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michelle Rosenblatt said both Iglesia Luterana de San Pedro y Pablo and the Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod will remain as defendants.

But she tossed all claims against a third entity, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, finding that its leadership had no knowledge of the actions of the former pastor, Franklynn Brundige.

In total, eight young men – five of them relatives of Brundige – claim they were molested as children by Brundige. They also maintain that as early as 1991, church officials knew of Brundige’s routine sleepovers with young boys and did nothing.

The first civil trial, scheduled to begin Dec. 3, involves a plaintiff identified as Juan Doe 1 who is now 27 years old. Brundige allegedly abused him at least five times from 1997-2001.
The other plaintiffs’ cases will be tried later.

Brundige, who was a pastor at the church from 1990 until 2007, was sentenced in 2008 to 24 years in prison after pleading no contest to two counts each of lewd acts with a child under 14 and of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

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August 16, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.


One Response to “Sex Abuse Case Moves Forward Against Former Bell Gardens Pastor”

  1. Jezabel gil on May 2nd, 2013 8:34 pm

    About pastor Frank Brundige, as a former member of the church San Pedro n San Pablo I spent many years, starting around 1994, I was like 11 then to around 2002. Of which I was around pastor frank many many times and moments. Regular service, catechism and Bible study. Yes, pastor frank was a little temperamental, specially when we would goof around or not take Bible study serious. But at the same time I can say I never had the slightest doubt or fear of him or ever felt in danger. He cared and encouraged that we followed Jesus word and that we would attend church but this was in general kids n parents. When all this came out… Surprising many of us who spent so much time with him or at church we conversed about this, each expressing how much we cant believe this. I can only speak for my self and have an opinion on who I think, cause I dont know who but if by family members they ment his step son who never liked him since the pastor married his mother, or his drug addict and since we all remember a bit Ludacris nephew though his wife then I guess im not wrong for not believing the pastor did this. I mean maybe he did but also theres so many things that remain weird to many of us (his students) specially how the police only listened if you had something bad to say if. I guess they know what they do…

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