Lutheran Child and Family Services named in child sex abuse suit

By Joel Brakken | Jan 6, 2014

A woman is suing Lutheran Child and Family Services, alleging that an employee sexually abused her when she was 13 years old.

Laterrica Wilson filed a lawsuit Dec. 30 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois, Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illionois Foundation and Alphonso Chandler, also known as Alfonso Chandler, citing childhood sexual abuse, negligent supervision and negligence arising from voluntary undertaking.

According to the complaint, Wilson was born on May 27, 1987 and at all material times was a ward of the State of Illinois under the age of 13. She claims she was sexually abused at the age of 13, while a resident at the defendant's Addison facility.

Wilson further claims that Chandler forced her and another resident to engage in sexual relations with him while he was  an employee of Lutheran Corporations.

She is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 and is being represented in the case by Donald L. Jonson, Julie A. Boynton and John C. Dax.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2013L014609.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Cook County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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