Ex-W. Chicago youth ministry leader charged with sex abuse

Daily Herald report
Updated 4/2/2014 10:05 PM
  • Osman Bahadarakhann

    Osman Bahadarakhann

A former West Chicago youth ministry leader has been charged with sexually abusing two underage girls, county officials said.

Osman Bahadarakhann, 23, of the 1200 block of Kings Circle, West Chicago, was charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse relating to the attacks that occurred in the fall of 2013 while he was a youth ministry leader at the Community Fellowship Church in West Chicago, the DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin's office said in a statement.

Bahadarakhann invited the girls back to his apartment in separate incidents, and officials said they learned about it when the girls' parents contacted the DuPage County Sheriff's Office.

"As a youth ministry leader, Mr. Bahadarakhann held a position of trust and authority over these two young girls," Berlin said in a statement. "If these allegations are proven true, Mr. Bahadarakhann violated the trust placed in him by his two victims as well as the Community Fellowship Church just to satisfy his own despicable desires. I would like to thank officials at Community Fellowship Church for their complete cooperation throughout this investigation and the DuPage County Sheriff's Office for their outstanding work on this case."

Bahadarakhann appears again in court May 5. He's currently being held in the DuPage County jail on a $300,000 bond.

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