$50 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Amarillo Church After Winkler County Volunteer Pastor Molests Minor
An Amarillo church is under fire after one of their former volunteer youth leaders was arrested and charged for sexually assaulting a teenage girl.
It turns out that volunteer is a Winkler County resident and now both he and Trinity Fellowship Church are facing a $50 million lawsuit by the victim’s family.
This isn't Randy Castillo's first accusation of improper behavior at the church.
The 28-year-old who hails from Kermit was a volunteer youth leader for Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo for two years before being let go by the congregation in 2014 on a separate violation, but the church never informed the police.
Attorneys are now saying the church should be held responsible for not doing enough to protect their client and other possible victims.
"They had a duty to report this and if they had Pastor Randy would've been arrested, the parents would've known, the abuse would have stopped," Attorney Kevin Glasheen of Lubbock said.
According to court documents, Castillo, who volunteered as a youth leader for the church for nearly two years, was arrested and charged back in January of last year for sexually molesting a teenage girl he met through the church.
The assaults took place four different times beginning in August 2013 and ending in September 2014.
"Even a month after he was removed from his position he was sexually assaulting my young client at a church function, a flag football game that they put on that he was participating in," Glasheen said.
In emails CBS 7 obtained from Glasheen's office it reads why Castillo was let go from the church.
A friend of the victims reached out to a member of the church via email stating that Castillo was asking junior high students to send him nude pictures via snapchat.
But what Glasheen can't understand is why the church didn't file a report to police on the matter.
In a statement sent to us from a member of the church it reads Castillo was removed from volunteer service as a precautionary measure, and because there were no records to substantiate the allegations, the church took no further action.
CBS 7 tried to give Castillo a chance to share his side of the story, but got no answer when we visited his last known address in Kermit.
"Ultimately we hope that the church is held responsible and takes responsibility for what happened and this can serve as an example to others this is not how you handle this," Glasheen said.
Glasheen's law firm, Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, suspects there to be more teenagers that fell victim to Castillo during his tenure at Trinity Fellowship Church.
The attorney is asking these victims and anyone with additional information on this case to come forward and contact his office at 806-468-5577.