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Conservative megachurch founder Bob Coy accused of molesting 4-year-old

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A former Las Vegas strip club manager who went on to found one of the largest megachurches in Florida, has been accused of molesting a Florida girl for years — beginning when she was 4-years-old.

Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale founder, Pastor Bob Coy, forced the victim to perform oral sex, would “finger and fondle” her genitals, and would “dirty talk” to the child, the Miami New Times reported the victim told police.

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“The sexual assault claims, which have never before been divulged, raise new questions about the pastor, his church, and the police who handled the case. Documents show that Coral Springs cops sat on the accusations for months before dropping the inquiry without even interviewing Coy,” the New Times reported. “His attorneys, meanwhile, persuaded a judge with deep Republican ties to seal the ex-pastor’s divorce file to protect Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale from scrutiny.”

In 2014, Pastor Bob resigned his position after “confessing to a moral failing” in his life, rumored to involve multiple affairs and addiction to pornography.

“If you’re foolish enough to go through with this story… it would hurt a lot of people,” Coy said at the Funky Biscuit nightclub in Boca Raton, which he now helps manage.

During his time at the megachurch, Pastor Bob campaigned in South Florida to reelect President George W. Bush.

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The New Times explained, “Coy used his relaxed persona to sell a deeply conservative brand of Christianity. He ran gay-conversion groups and preached that all nonbelievers would go to Hell.”

Calvary’s network of 1,800 churches have allegedly had multiple pastors, staff and volunteers charged with abusing children.

“There could be other victims out there,” suggested Michael Newnham, an Oregon pastor who runs a blog critical of Calvary Chapel. “We need answers.”

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“He was the rock star and cash cow of the church,” church member Douglas Henery told the Miami Herald.

Watch NBC 6 coverage of Bob Coy stepping down:

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Trump-voting evangelist drops the ‘blasphemy’ hammer on president for deifying himself

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In a column for the Washington Post, an evangelical leader who admits he voted for Donald Trump in 2016  is very displeased that the president anointed himself the "chosen one" when speaking with the press on Wednesday.

According to Jay Lowder who heads up the Harvest Ministries in Wichita Falls, Texas, the president stepped over a line with his boast -- calling it "disturbing."

"Since President Trump’s election, many in the evangelical community have lauded him, grateful for his work to protect and propel some of the Christian values we hold so dear," before pointing out that a comparison to Jesus by man who "claims to be a Christian" is nothing less than " shocking, blasphemous and sacrilegious."

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Couple who ran demon-obsessed gay ‘conversion therapy’ camp indicted on human trafficking charges

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An Alabama couple who operated a controversial gay "conversion therapy" camp has been indicted on human trafficking charges in connection with a new religious facility they set up in Texas.

A grand jury indicted 49-year-old Gary Wiggins and 34-year-old Meghann Wiggins after investigators found they had forced children to work at their Joshua Home for troubled boys, reported KXAN-TV.

Burnet County officials raided the 10-acre property near Bertram in July 2018, where they removed eight boys between 10 and 17 years old as part of an investigation into possible abuse, neglect, labor violations, fraud, licensing violations and human trafficking.

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Trump officials to face congressional grilling over president’s link to white nationalist terrorism

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Next week, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are poised to question members of the Trump administration about the dangerous rise in white nationalist violence.

Just last weekend, a man slaughtered dozens of people in El Paso, Texas, after citing an "invasion" on the Southwest border.

In addition to questioning senior national security officials about the rise in white nationalism violence, they also plan to ask them whether they think President Donald Trump is instigating violent acts with his rhetoric, reports Greg Sargent in the Washington Post.

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