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Sixth Woman Joins Group Alleging Kansas City Pastor Abused Them

By Sheila Stogsdill
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Missouri pastor and school board president Bobby Hawk is being investigated by Blue Springs Police for alleged sexual abuse and harrassment. (Photos via social media) 

A sixth woman came forward Monday and accused a former Kansas City megachurch pastor of sexual misconduct.

Bobby Hawk came under fire after Isabella Davis publicly accused him of touching her inappropriately when she was a preteen and when he was lead pastor of EPIC Church in Independence, near Kansas City.

Since the June 18 post, other women have come forward with similar allegations of sexual abuse.

The Roys Report (TRR) previously reported Destiny Bounds, Danielle Bounds Hahn, Kari Jo Crandall, Ali Terwilliger, and Isabelle Davis used a social networking site to call out Hawk.

On Monday, Michelle Day Volkmer added her name to the list, according to a social media post. 

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On July 8, 2024, Michelle Volkmer posted on Facebook. (Screengrab)

Volkmer has a private account, but TRR was provided a screenshot of Volkmer’s post. 

Davis was the first woman to report Hawk on a social media post. She was 12 years old at the time of the alleged abuse.

“It could take you years to actually face what has happened and numerous more to overcome it,” according to Volkmer’s post states.

Her post continues, “I’ve been silently trying to put the pieces together. So much was taken from me including my voice.”

Three of the victims — Bounds, Hahn, and Davis — were teenagers when they say they were abused. The other two women worked for Hawk when he was lead pastor of EPIC Church.

The group of six women will hold a press conference to publicly address their claims on Wednesday at the Jackson County Courthouse.

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Pastor Bobby Hawk (Photo via social media)

No charges have been filed against Hawk, though he is reportedly under investigation.

Sergeant Keegan Hughes, with the Blue Springs Police Department said he couldn’t comment on an ongoing investigation.

Hawk has not publicly commented on any of the accusations and a telephone message left at the last known phone number for Hawk was not returned.

Since the allegations surfaced, Hawk resigned as pastor of EPIC Church and president of the Blue Springs School District Board of Education in the Kansas City, Missouri, suburbs.

The group of women will also share their intended next steps towards justice and accountability while also urging others to come forward.

Sheila Stogsdill is a freelance print journalist and digital reporter, primarily covering crime issues for KSN/KODE.

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