Word of Life Beating Victim Admits to Sexual Contact with Children During Testimony

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The survivor of a brutal beating that took the life of his brother admitted in court on Monday that he had sexual contact with children in the Word of Life Church in Chadwicks.

Christopher Leonard was testifying in the trial of his sister, Sarah Ferguson, who is among more than half a dozen church members accused in connection with the beating that took the life of Lucas Leonard.

According to WUTR-TV in Utica, Christopher Leonard said that he did not have intercourse with the children, but that he did touch them inappropriately.

WUTR-TV also reports that Leonard also said that the brothers may have abused Ferguson’s baby daughter the night before the beating in the sanctuary.

Multiple church members have been charged with murder in connection with the incident.

Investigators have said that the boys were brutally beaten over the course of several hours last year.

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