Former Church Worker John Puga Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case

Former church basketball coach John Puga was sentenced to serve a year in the DuPage County Jail work-release program, four years of sex offender probation, register as a sex offender, and provide a sample of his DNA for a state criminal database after pleading guilty to a felony charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Interestingly, Puga’s case demonstrates something I have said for years. When the leadership of a church establishes sex abuse as an “acceptable” secret, especially if the support leadership helps cover this secret, that church will become a haven for offenders. Even if one offender is exposed, others will still be drawn to that church and it will be a “cesspool” of offenders. That’s just a theory of mine, but I’ve seen it happen quite a few times.

In this church, Puga was the fourth church leader convicted of sex-related crimes in the past few years. Each case was unconnected, though two of the men had the same underage victim.

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