Five people have joined a lawsuit in Maryland that claims a Kentucky-based evangelical church covered up allegations of sexual abuse against children and failed to alert police.
The new anonymous plaintiffs join three women who filed a civil lawsuit against Sovereign Grace Ministries in October. The church moved its headquarters last year from Maryland to Louisville.
One of the new plaintiffs accuses a co-founder of the church of sexual abuse and assaulting her with "plastic and wooden sticks."
A message left at the church office Tuesday was not immediately returned. The church said in a statement about the suit last year that it contains "a number of misleading allegations, as well as considerable mischaracterizations of intent." The church said its lawyers were crafting a response to the complaint.