North Aurora pastor, a convicted sex offender, arrested on sex abuse charges

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NORTH AURORA, Ill. -- Kingdom Church pastor Raphael Robinson called his church “the place of strong families” -- but now he’s accused of sexually abusing a child inside of that church.

The parking lot was empty Sunday at Kingdom Church in North Aurora, Illinois. A sign on the door said, “No service today, God bless,” likely cancelled because the pastor is behind bars.

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged Robinson, 39, with sexually abusing a child. He was arrested on Friday. He’s accused of sexually abusing a girl.

Prosecutors say Robinson knew the victim and held a “position of trust” in her life.

Robinson has a history of sexual abuse. In 2004, he was convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year-old victim in Cook County. Court records show he also has been convicted on drug and armed robbery charges. His next court date is scheduled for Thursday.

Robinson is in custody at the Kane County jail. He’s being held on $100,000 dollar bond. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 15 years in prison.