Deacon accused of sexually abusing girl for nearly a decade

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ROSELLE, Ill – A suburban church deacon is accused of sexually abusing a girl for close to a decade.

51-year-old Timothy Peltz was charged Thursday with four counts of predatory sexually assault.

The abuse, according to the DuPage County state’s attorney, started when the girl was just 3-years-old and continued until she was 13 and could physically fight back.

Peltz was a deacon at the Living Hope Bible Church according to the states attorney’s office but other than that he was unemployed. The the church is in Roselle. Peltz lives in Wheaton.

Recently, the victim told her mother Peltz began to abuse her again. The states’ attorney’s office says Peltz admitted to the abuse and not only tried to blame the victim for showing him affection, but also threatened her at one point saying if she didn’t keep quiet someone was going to get in trouble.

Peltz is being held DuPage County Jail on a million dollar bond. He is due back in court on Sept. 13th. If convicted he looking at 24 to 120 years.

The DuPage County state’s attorney’s office tells WGN they don’t think the church played a role in the abuse so those with the church are likely just learning of these charges today as well.