West suburban pastor charged with sexual abuse

The pastor of a suburban church is charged with molesting a boy for years while the boy attended First Presbyterian Church of River Forest.

Police say reverend John Hays started the sexual abuse back in 2003, when the victim was about eight years old. The abuse continued for six years.

All of the abuse took place in Hays’ home, which is in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, just a block from where the victim lived.

Investigators are also looking into whether Hays may have molested a second victim.

He is scheduled to appear in bond court Friday.

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