Mother of teenager sues Grenada church pastor over alleged abuse

GRENADA, Miss. (AP) - The mother of a teenage boy has filed a civil lawsuit against the pastor of a Grenada church for allegedly molesting the boy.

The lawsuit accuses 72-year-old Reverend Perry L. Montgomery of fondling the boy in April when he was 14. Montgomery is the pastor of First New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Grenada.

First New Hope is a member of the National Baptist Convention U-S-A, the largest African-American denomination with 7.5 million members.

The boy's attorney, Carlos E- Moore of Grenada, says the alleged abuse happened on more than one occasion.

Court documents list "on or about April 22nd" as the date of the last abuse.

Court documents said the boy was at Montgomery's home, the church parsonage, performing chores when the alleged abuse occurred.

Moore says the boy is not a member of the church, but he lives on the same street as the church.

Moore says the boy's mother found out about the alleged abuse after the boy told his grandmother.

The mother filed a police report April 23rd and filed suit July 18th in chancery court. Major Rosie Washington of the Grenada Police Department says she could not discuss whether a complaint had been filed or whether there was an ongoing investigation because it concerned a juvenile.

Washington says no charges had been filed against Montgomery as far as she knew.

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