Pastor Helps Young Parishioners Achieve Sexual Purity by Having Sex with Them

Stories of priests and other religious figures engaged in sexual misconduct, abuse, and rape are so prevalent and commonplace these days that we can almost predict the stories before we’ve even read them. But every once in a while, there’s an exceptional case, such as ex-pastor Brent Girouex of Council Bluffs, Iowa, who engaged in these behaviors for the sake of purging young male church-goers of their homosexual urges.

Girouex was released on bail this past month; he was charged with 60 counts of suspicion of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist in February of 2007, when he confessed to having had relations with four young men. He turned himself in at the insistence of Reverend Lonnie Parton, Girouex’s colleague at the Victory Fellowship Church. Since Girouex’s initial confession, as many as eight more victims have come forward, according to Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilbur.

The pastor told Wilbur that he had engaged in sexual activity with the young men to help them achieve “sexual purity in the eyes of God.”

According to one of the victims, Girouex had sex with him between 50 to 100 times over the course of a four year period, beginning when said victim was fourteen.

Girouex allegedly claimed that it was his duty “to help [the teen] with homosexual urges by praying while he had sexual contact with him,” according to investigators. Other victims who spoke with detectives reported similar stories of being “sexually purified.”

Girouex’s misconduct was not limited to the underraged; one man, aged twenty-three, claimed that Girouex touched his genitals when he came for counseling about relationship troubles with his wife, and yet another twenty-year-old found himself receiving oral sex from Girouex after a series of sexually charged correspondences.

According to court documents, Girouex claimed that all of these encounters were about the sexual purity of his parishioners.

“When they would ejaculate, they would be getting rid of the evil thoughts in their mind,” Girouex allegedly told detectives.

The comprehensive story on Girouex is available here. TC mark

image – abcdz2000

More From Thought Catalog

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363230138 Michael Koh

    “When they would ejaculate, they would be getting rid of the evil thoughts in their mind,” Girouex allegedly told detectives.

  • http://twitter.com/magalinahag magalina hagalina

    So disgusting. And according to them, it's us atheists that are the screwed-up ones, right?

    • Petal

      Yes, this is disgusting. Yet this doesn't mean that all people with a religion are now all “screwed-up” ones. One Christian could be a rapist, but that doesn't mean all Christians are. One atheist could be a murderer, but that doesn't mean atheists are. People saying that articles like this are reasons why they're atheist doesn't make sense. I'm sure there are many atheists who do far worse things than this. If the headline was “Atheist Man Rapes 5 Young Boys” and someone commented saying, “Ugh those disgusting atheists did it again. This is why I'm Catholic” I'm sure that many people would hate the generalization of atheists or in this case, religious people. I'm certain no one condones what this sick man has done, whether they're religious or not.

      • Kablaamee

        If the pastor believes what he says to be true, that his actions were to cleanse the victims spirits, and not merely a claim of insanity in a roundabout way, then his actions were *because* of his religious beliefs. An atheist murderer doesn't murder *because* they are atheist.

  • pantsy

    what a despicable story. this is another reason why I converted to being atheist from catholicism.

    • azigra

      did you have unholy water sprinkled on you?

  • Confused

    if they ejaculated, did that mean they liked it?

    • http://twitter.com/AlexRKeen Alex Keen

      Ejaculation is a biological reaction and can be caused unwillingly purely through stimulation. But even if it was willing, that's not the issue. The guy was taking advantage of his position as a priest to have sex with underage boys, even as he was telling them that their urges were sick and wrong and needed to be cured. That kind of hypocrisy is sickening.

  • eric

    what's the point of paraphrasing a single, wholly adequate news article when it's basically this short to begin with?

    • Dude

      welcome to the blogosphere

    • http://likethehours.wordpress.com/ devin howard

      value added? extra snark and irony sprinkled throughout? translated into the language of disinterested-yet-always-up-to-date 18-25 year olds? Whatever the case may be, any article concerning what might be the most reprehensible form of hypocrisy in existence, finger pointing bible thumpers who claim moral superiority, is fine with me.

  • Dree

    That's hot.

  • https://thoughtcatalog.com/joshua-lauchu/2014/09/what-it-means-to-be-pure/ What It Means To Be Pure | Thought Catalog

    […] Read this: Pastor Helps Young Parishioners Achieve Sexual Purity By Having Sex With Them Read this: The Aftermath Of Unrequited Love Read this: The Virgin’s Guide To Having Great Sex Cataloged in […]

blog comments powered by Disqus