Man charged with raping child during church service

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- An usher at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church was arrested for raping a 7-year-old boy.

Mark Richard was partly responsible for escorting little boys to the bathroom, WREG has learned.

"There's a name that came up and I called his name and said 'is it Mark' and he said 'yes,'" she said.

"He wrote it down. He wrote 'he raped me.'"

Police said the attack happened in 2009, but it wasn't reported until three years ago.

"It devastated me because it happened in the church and it wasn't like it happened one time," said the mother.

She said her son didn't realize what happened to him until he got older.

The little boy reportedly told investigators "it felt painful when it happened."

"I'm a mother who loves her child and I wouldn't want anything to happen. I feel like when he raped my son, he raped me."

She said since the attack, her son has battled anger, depression and thoughts of suicide.

"When you molest a person, you know, you rape them, you're taken part of them away."

"Basically, he didn't want him to get by with just what happened because he felt like he was going to continue to hurt someone else," she added.