Yes, sometimes you have to read a news story a couple of times because your brain refuses to acknowledge it the first time through. Brent Girouex, a former Iowa youth pastor claims that he was helping confused teens reject homosexuality by praying while he shoved his dick up their ass. He was arrested on 60 counts of suspicion of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist after authorities discovered he had essentially raped at least 4 young men, starting in 2007, who came to him concerned about their sexual feelings. So far, 4 additional men have also filed complaints against him, claiming that Girouex molested them.
According to Girouex, he was just trying to help them gain “sexual purity” in the eyes of God. The longest “relationship” took place over 4 years and Girouex claims 25-50 individual encounters, although the victim, now an adult, says it was at least twice as many. Girouex told detectives, “When they would ejaculate, they would be getting rid of the evil thoughts in their mind.”
Prosecutor Dan McGinn argued that Girouex knew exactly what he was doing. “It was all manipulation so Brent Girouex could have sex with these boys.”
“In my line of work, I get to see the worst of the worst, and this is pretty bad,” said Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber. “The only way that I can truly say this won’t happen to somebody else is for us to get a full picture of what we’ve got, and then we can present that full picture to the court.”
Girouex is currently free on a $30,000 bond.
So another religious authority figure uses his position to talk young boys into sex. Is anyone surprised? Certainly not if you look through the long, sordid list on the Religious Horror Show.