Pa. Pastor Charged with Sexual Assault of Teen During 'Ex-Gay' Counseling
A Pennsylvania pastor, married father of five, published author of an "ex-gay" handbook and registered sex offender, is facing criminal charges for molesting a teenager who came to him for counseling over the course of two-and-a-half years.
This is not his first brush with the law,CBS Pittsburgh reports.
An unidentified 21-year-old victim is accusing Duane Youngblood, pastor of the Higher Call World Outreach Church in the suburban Pittsburgh town of Homestead, of molesting him multiple times over a two-and-a-half year period while he was a teenager.
According to the victim, the abuse started in 2009, when he came to Youngblood for counseling at the age of 16.
Local Pittsburgh area station WPXI reports that according to the criminal complaint, during the first counseling session that took place in the pastor's office, Youngblood allegedly took the victim to a back room and told him to pull down his pants. Youngblood then began touching the boy inappropriately.
The complaint states that of the 30 to 40 counseling sessions that the victim attended, "sexual activity" occurred in 25 of them.
The counseling ended in 2011 when the victim went to college.
According to BishopAccountability.org, Youngblood was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, corruption of minors and sexual assault in 2006. The charges were brought from a single incident involving a 15-year-old boy whom he was counseling in 2002.
In 2001, Youngblood was arrested for indecent exposure when Pittsburgh police found him and a 19-year-old in a car with their pants down.
In 2006, Youngblood published "Freedom from Homosexuality: No Longer Living the Lie," which according to Amazon:
"..shares insights and truth to help anyone struggling with perversions find a place of forgiveness and deliverance in God. Through his honesty about his own life and the enemy's plan against him, many have already been delivered from perverse sins."