Friday, March 25, 2011

Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before: Pastor Raped Four Female Parishioners

Sadly, whenever we hear stories of pastors coercing parishioners into sex, it's usually young, impressionable boys who are taken advantage of by self-hating preachers. Not today. Rev. Patrick Edouard, who's the pastor of Covenant Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa, was arrested after he sexually assaulted four married women (who're members of his congregation) for several months in the basement of his home where he'd invite the women for "counselling" sessions. After the rapings, the 41-year-old pastor told the victims "if she raised an alarm it would be her word against his, she would not be believed and he would make sure everyone knew she was crazy", according to a criminal complaint (below) obtained by Channel 13. The women are all married to prominent men in the community. Pastor Edouard, who's a native of Haiti, is also married and has four children. After he was confronted by a group of church elders and two of the victims' husbands, pastor Edouard resigned. Police believe there are more victims.

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