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Chicago pastor resigns after 1960s sex abuse revealed

Chicago (BP) -- A Chicago Southern Baptist pastor has resigned after disclosing his long-term sexual abuse of a minor in the 1960s, the Illinois Baptist reported Tuesday (Nov. 5). Charles Lyons resigned as pastor of Armitage Baptist Church in Chicago following what church leaders called a "corrective leave of absence" that began in October 2018. As part of a process analyzing concerns over Lyons's leadership, Lyons disclosed his long-term sexual abuse of a minor from the 1960s. No criminal charges were filed at that time.