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Maybe Eddie Long should try this excuse? Brent Girouex, a 31-year-old former youth pastor in Council Bluffs, Iowa, insisted to the boys he’s accused of molesting that he was just trying to instill “sexual purity in the eyes of God.” Originally alleged to have sexually exploited four teens beginning in 2007, the number of victims has risen to at least eight. Girouex has been slapped with a 60-count indictment for using his position at the Victory Fellowship Church to target teenage boys in his counsel. The Rev. Lonnie Parton insists his church knew nothing of the alleged crimes until four victims came forward in February, and he then confronted Girouex, who is married with kids, and told him to confess to police, which he did. But it appears his math was off.
Court documents indicated Girouex told investigators the most sexual contact he had was with one teen over a four-year period, starting when the boy was 14 years old. Girouex speculated that he had “mutual” sexual contact with the teen between “25 and 50 times” over the four-year period. When investigators spoke to the teen, who is now an adult, he told them the number was between 50 and 100 times. Girouex allegedly said as a youth pastor he felt it was his duty “to help (the teen) with homosexual urges by praying while he had sexual contact with him.”
Several additional victims also spoke with detectives. At least three others – who were teenagers when the incidents occurred – told investigators the events happened at Girouex’s home. All three said they were at the house to be helped with “sexual purity.” Another man said he was 23 years old and having problems with his wife when Girouex wanted to “help him with his issues.” The man alleged Girouex pulled down his pants and began to touch his genitals. Yet another man said that over a five-week period when he was 20 years old, Girouex slowly evolved sexually contacting him from touching him over his clothes to oral sex.
Court documents stated Girouex said during all of the incidents, it was only about “helping the victims gain sexual purity.” “When they would ejaculate, they would be getting rid of the evil thoughts in their mind,” he allegedly told detectives.