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Women suing Rock Church for sexual battery

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Six women seeking help through a drug and alcohol recovery program say they suffered sexual battery and harassment at the hands of their program director.

The women have filed a lawsuit against the Rock Church Ministries of San Diego.

None of the alleged sexual abuse took place at the Rock Church, but the church is still named in a 29 page lawsuit claiming it failed to supervise an affiliated recovery home.

Taylor Peyton was the first to come forward and claim the man in charge of her rehab was sexually abusing women at his sober living home.

Peyton and five other women allege in a new lawsuit that David Powers had numerous inappropriate sexual encounters with them as the owner of ABC Sober Living.

The most serious allegation in the 29 page lawsuit comes from Peyton who says powers used his fingers to penetrate her.

Andria Donovan alleges powers once squeezed her chest to push her breasts together.

Donovan worked at Soledad House Recovery Home and said her former boss used his position to make it difficult for anyone to complain.

Powers name was seen on websites for an affiliated 12-step ministry called Rock Recovery - until recently.

The lawsuit names rock church as a defendant for failing to supervise one of their affiliated facilities.

In a statement a spokesperson said Rock Recovery Ministry has no operational authority over ABC Sober Living. It should be noted that none of the women who have made these allegations against Mr. Powers were referred to ABC Sober Living by the Rock Church.

It goes on to read:

"When the Rock first learned on Monday of the allegations against Mr. Powers, we immediately decided that we would no longer refer anyone to his facility until these claims are investigated by the proper authorities."

Peyton said she went to police earlier this year, but authorities tell CBS News 8 that no criminal charges were recommended.

CBS News 8 reached out to David Powers for comment, but he has not yet returned the calls.

The lawsuit also names David Powers' wife as a defendant. Tina Powers is accused of intimidating the alleged victims when they would complain to a supervisor.


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