The Bryant Law Center and attorney David Bryant of Louisville, have filed suit on behalf of two McCracken County girls who were targeted by sexual predators within the Milburn Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Filed in September 2015 in McCracken Circuit Court, the lawsuit alleges church official were made aware of the improper conduct of Elder Frederick Daack and Youth Minister Michael Parsons, but failed to act or report the abuse to police between 2012 and 2014.
Both Daack and Parsons have entered guilty pleas to felonies and Parsons faces additional charges in McCracken County. Court documents allege Parsons fathered a child with a juvenile girl who was in his youth group and claim he sent sexually themed messages to another girl in his ministry. Daack sent obscene messages and pictures to a juvenile girl he met in the church. Named defendants are the Cumberland Presbyterian Church General Assembly in Cordova, Tenn., and operational subdivisions Synod of Midwest and Coventry Presbytery; as well as the Milburn Chapel CPC, Daack, Parsons and Minister Doug Hughes. The suit alleges that the problems also were communicated to personnel in the local church, presbytery and synod, who failed to act and also failed to alert police. The suit seeks to hold the General Assembly responsible for failing to properly train its personnel and alack of operational oversight.