EUGENE, Ore. -- A former Eugene man is suing the Methodist Church for $4.5 million over allegations that he was sexually abused as a youth by a Eugene pastor.

The suit alleges that former Pastor William Walker of First United Methodist Church abused the unnamed victim at age 11. It says the physical and psychological damage continue to haunt the man, now in his late 30s.

Church officials didn't comment on the suit.

The Eugene Register-Guard reported that Walker was admired in his 10 years at the church and held national Methodist leadership positions.

After his death of AIDS in 1992, church members learned Walker was bisexual and had made advances to at least 12 males in the church.

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