Former Iowa Pastor Faces 60 Felony Charges for Sexual Exploitation of Youth

Apparently 60 counts of felony sexual exploitation charges may just be the beginning for Brent Girouex, a 31- year-old former youth minister in Iowa for the Victory Fellowship Church. CNN reports:

Court documents show four alleged victims came forward to the church's pastor. The young men explained how Girouex talked them into having sexual contact with him by explaining to them they would gain "sexual purity in the eyes of God."

Church leadership told Girouex to turn himself in, which he did on Feb. 16, telling police he wanted to confess what he had done.

Girouex told investigators he engaged in sex acts with a 14-year-old victim at the time 25 to 50 times over a four-year period, all the while praying while they two had sexual contact.

Although apparently the victim's account details it being more like 50 and 100 times. And the number of victims who have come forward has since climbed to 8. The church claims it knew nothing before one of the boy's told them what had happened this February -- although why they asked Girouex to turn himself in instead of immediately contacting the authorities is beyond me.

 

 

AlterNet / By Tara Lohan

Posted at March 21, 2011, 1:01pm

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