Religion Youth Pastor Watch
posted by September 15 at 12:27 PMon
From the age of 11, the boy known only as John Doe in LaPorte County court records was repeatedly sexually abused by a youth minister he trusted from his church, Mark Comford. Comford, 24, also of LaPorte, pleaded guilty Sept. 5 in LaPorte Superior Court to abusing the now 14-year-old…. Sometimes Comford’s abuse took place on the grounds of Faith Baptist Church in LaPorte, a small congregation located across from the LaPorte County Fairgrounds where his grandfather, the Rev. Jack Cox, served as pastor….
John Doe was particularly susceptible to Comford’s overtures. The eighth-grader’s mother died when he was 4. He doesn’t remember her. She was stricken with cancer as a child, spent much of her life in a wheelchair and succumbed to the disease at 23. She never revealed his father’s identity and married another man while pregnant with him. His stepfather was out of his life even before his mother died. During and after his mother’s illness, his maternal grandmother helped raised him until she died nearly four years ago….
Several weeks before Comford’s arrest, armed county detectives arrived and told Jane Roe that her nephew and three other victims—two young boys and a 32-year-old mentally challenged male—had also been sexually abused by Comford.