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Pastor Raped at Least 4 Boys to ‘Turn Them Straight,’ and Isn’t Going to Jail

Pastor Raped at Least 4 Boys to ‘Turn Them Straight,’ and Isn’t Going to Jail

An Iowa youth pastor has hit the headlines for sexually abusing at least four teenage boys in an apparent bid to turn them straight.

Former youth pastor Brent Allen Girouex, then 31, was arrested in 2011 under 61 counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist and 28 counts of third-degree sexual abuse dating back as far as 2007, this after four men came forward saying they were sexually abused by Girouex while in his care. Another eight people later came forward during the course of the investigation claiming they had been abused.

Dubbed the “rape away the gay” pastor by the press, Girouex reportedly subscribed to the notion that he could keep the boys “sexually pure” through sexual contact.

He infamously said after entering a guilty plea in November 2011 that he and his victims would pray during sexual contact and when “they [his victims] would ejaculate, they would be getting rid of the evil thoughts in their mind.”

Girouex claimed that he’d had “mutual” contact with the victims some 25-50 times. The unnamed victims have disputed this figure, saying the forced contact occurred between 50 and 100 times.

Questions were raised as to whether the church Girouex was part of, the Victory Fellowship Church in Council Bluffs, had done enough to prevent this kind of abuse given what was perceived by some at the time as its lax approach to safeguarding the young people under its care.

It should be noted, however, that there appears no evidence that the church ever knowingly allowed for this kind of conduct or ever tried to cover it up. In fact, the church played a significant part in exposing the abuse scandal and later petitioned for tough sentencing.

Despite all this, and Girouex’s readily admitting his guilt, Girouex was handed only a 17-year prison sentence in March 2012.

Even more astonishingly, Fourth District Judicial Court judge Greg Steensland then suspended that sentence in favor of mandating Girouex to continue sex offender rehabilitation treatment. He also slapped Girouex with the maximum probation allowed under law — just 5 years. In short, Girouex has so far served not one day in prison for the crimes he readily confessed to.

This apparently lenient sentence prompted one pastor at Victory Fellowship Church, Lonnie Parton, to write an open letter to the judge asking what the judge was thinking. He wrote, “Brent used his ‘family man’ reputation and his hard-working record to earn the trust of unsuspecting parents. Brent employed careful grooming techniques to win the trust of his innocent and unsuspecting victims — and he inflicted untold damage.”

Girouex’s estranged wife Erin also spoke out against what seems like an extraordinarily lenient sentence.

The Inquisitor reports:

[Said Erin Girouex:] “If that’s what it takes to get him away from people, then yes … I don’t want (my children) anywhere near him.” She added that what she wants is for other victims of sexual misconduct to speak out before it’s too late. Erin plans to file for divorce, but according to KCCI “the hang-up is that her husband wants to see their children.” Currently, Brent Girouex has a court-ordered, twice-per-month visitation schedule, where he must be supervised by his own mother.

If this story first emerged in 2011 and resurfaced in 2012, and no new information is forthcoming, why are we hearing about it again now?

The website UPI seems to be the source of this latest wave of interest, having published an article on September 4 as though the story is new. However, the reasons why the story is getting widespread attention are slightly more interesting.

The renewed interest in the Girouex case comes in the wake of a Montana judge sentencing a convicted rapist to only 30 days in jail after his 14-year-old victim committed suicide because, the judge said, he had “suffered enough” for his crimes.

That case, which outraged many and made international headlines, brought heightened attention to the startlingly poor conviction rates and small jail terms issued as answer to sexual abuse and rape cases.

Victims and victim support groups say stories like these are not unusual and they point to stories like the Girouex case as evidence that the USA needs to address serious concerns about the trial system and its perhaps even dangerously lenient treatment of rapists and sex offenders.

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8:55AM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

ANGELA R.

After someone is dead, they can't worry about what happens to their body, they are dead. Burying people is so the rest of us don't get sick or have to smell the scent of rotting flesh, or have body bits spread all of our cities and lawns when animals get a hold of them

8:26AM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

These "people" who rape kids are the underside of the bottom of the barrel, regardless of whether they are Catholic priests or Protestant ministers! Anyone who rapes boys should be castrated and hung until dead then denied burial.

10:01AM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

Such an incredibly evil man!

8:49AM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

Is this true?? Cannot believe it! I´d better don´t speak my mind, there are no kind words....

12:08PM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

this is very disgusting and disturbing!

1:06PM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

what a shame!

7:27AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

This is an absolute disgrace.The teachings of religion are an utter disgrace. But, this is beyond vile. This is the 21st century, for f*ck sake! People should have equal rights. Black, white, gay, straight, physically disabled, mentally disabled - we're all still human. I've always despised religion, for good reason. But, you'd of though in this day in age, people would be thinking with their brains and hearts. And not the bible. "Rape the gay away". Throw the scumbag in jail, throw away the key.

4:40AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

sicko

1:22AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

So a man that rapes boys in order to keep them straight gets away with it?
Sick sick sick!

10:04PM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

Can you believe this?

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