Hypocrisy: Naughty Vicars: December 2004 Archives

December 29, 2004

Christian pastor arrested on child sex abuse charges.

United States: An Arizona pastor has been arrested on charges relating to the alleged sexual abuse of a six-year-old Florida boy in 1996. According to the authorities, Robert Armand Enerson, a pastor at the First Assembly of God in Douglas, has admitted sexually abusing children in North Carolina and Michigan, and police are investigating to see if there are any further allegations.

An affidavit prepared by Polk County investigators alleges that Enerson molested a boy repeatedly for about a week while serving as a pastor at the New Life Assembly of God in Wahneta, Fla., in 1996. The accuser, now 15, said Enerson entered a bedroom where the boy was playing video games and stroked the child's penis, according to the affidavit.

In an interview with investigators in Douglas, Enerson reportedly said he had touched the boy's penis on at least two occasions, although possibly more, and had the boy touch him, according to the affidavit. Enerson also told detectives the child was hiding under the bed at one point and he pulled him out to touch his penis, the affidavit states. The boy told investigators he was intimidated by the size of the burly pastor, who weighs about 250 pounds, according to records.

In the affidavit, Enerson also was accused of having oral relations and masturbating a boy over a span of seven years, from age 10 to 17, in North Carolina. Enerson also reportedly told detectives he rubbed a Michigan boy's penis an unknown number of times, according to the report.

His church is not answering the phone right now, and did not reply to messages left by journalists on their answering machine.

Ariz. pastor held in Fla. sex countsArizona Republic, 29th December 2004.

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