A Tompkins County woman has filed a lawsuit accusing a former Ithaca-area church youth group leader of sexually abusing her over a span of years, according to reporting by the Ithaca Journal.
The lawsuit was filed against Tabernacle Baptist Church and David W. Smith in mid-December. It was filed as part of the Child Victims Act.
The accuser was about 13 years old when the abuse began, while Smith, the accused, was 31 at the time. The abuse is said to have occurred during overnight stays, when her family was out of town and Smith, along with his wife, took her in for those periods.