Friday, 23 February, 2018

Megachurch Pastor Receives Standing Ovation After Confessing To 'Sexual Incident' With Minor

Pastor receives standing ovation from congregation after admitting to 'sexual incident' with teenager Tennessee pastor given standing ovation for admitting to past 'sexual incident' with teen
Sammy Stanley | 11 January, 2018, 03:18

In the blog post, Woodson is said to have emailed Savage on December 1, asking him if remembered the night of the alleged sexual assault.

An Austin church leader has been placed on leave while officials investigate his connection to the sexual assault of a teen in Texas 20 years ago.

Jules Woodson on Friday wrote a lengthy blog post accusing Highpoint Church preacher Savage, of making sexual advances towards her in the 1990s.

At the time, Savage was a college student and youth minister at Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church in Texas.

"It's disgusting", Woodson said while crying. In a phone interview with the New York Times, Woodson said she was disgusted by Savage's comments during the service, explaining it had never been "dealt with" because the incident was never reported to the authorities. He then exposed himself to Woodson before having her perform oral sex on him and fondling her breasts, she said.

'I was scared and embarrassed, but I did it. I remember feeling that this must mean that Andy loved me. I asked what was back here.

"Just as I had finished telling my story, Larry immediately spoke up and asked me to clarify", Woodson wrote. "I remember him pleading, while he was on his knees with his hands up on his head, 'Oh my god, oh my god". What have I done? Oh my god, I'm so sorry. He told her not to mention anything that had happened to anyone else, she said.

According to Woodson, the assault occurred when Savage, a 22-year-old youth minister, was giving her a ride home from the Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church. The trust afforded to any church must be used to care for God's people, never to harm them.

On Tuesday, Highpoint Church issued a statement saying "there will be additional information from Andy and the church soon".

Following the #MeToo campaign she made a decision to take action again.

"In agreement with wise counsel, I took every step to respond in a biblical way", Savage said. Savage said he deeply regrets the pain he caused Woodson and her family.

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Speaking about Woodson while reading a statement from his mobile phone, the pastor said: "Until now, I did not know there was unfinished business with Jules".

After his address, Savage's church members stood and applauded him for about 20 seconds.

Highpoint Church's lead pastor, Chris Conlee, added an addendum to Savage's statement to confirm that church leadership knew about the incident.

Yet instead of following the course of so many recent sexual harassment scandals - reports that have toppled careers in Hollywood, media and politics - Savage's public outing seems to have failed to upset his position, The Post's Kyle Swenson reported.

Pastor Andy Savage, who preaches at Highpoint Church in Memphis, Tenn., came under fire last week when a former church member came forward with her story of sexual assault.

"In hindsight I see that more could've been done for Jules", he said.

Savage told the crowd after the incident he resigned from the ministry and moved back to Memphis. I accepted full responsibility for my actions.

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Come Monday the violated woman reported the incident to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, just north of Houston. Despite President Trump facing more than a dozen accusations of sexual assault, the majority of white evangelicals continue to approve of him, with one faith leader going as far to call him evangelicals' "dream president."

"An apology does not change the fact that what happened to me was against the law and that it was wrong", Woodson said. 'It doesn't matter if I was his only victim.

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