Pastor Gets Standing Ovation For Confessing To 'Sexual Incident' With Teenager

Pastor Gets Standing Ovation For Confessing To 'Sexual Incident' With Teenager

His admission came a few days after Jules Woodson accused Savage of sexually assaulting her during a ride home in 1998 when she was 17 and he was the 22-year-old youth minister at a Houston church.

In his statement to the congregation of Highpoint Church, where he now serves as a teaching pastor, Savage said he "sought forgiveness from her, her parents, her discipleship group, the church staff, and the church leadership, who informed the congregation".

She said she even notified another pastor, but they told her to keep the story quiet.

During his remarks over the weekend - which were streamed live on the Church's YouTube page - Savage did not open up about the details of the "sexual incident".

"As a college student on staff at a church in Texas more than 20 years ago, I regretfully had a sexual incident with a female high school senior in the church". Again, I sincerely ask for forgiveness from her and pray for God's continued healing for everyone involved.

He was treated to a 20-second standing ovation while Woodson, watching online, was left in tears, per the New York Times. The story was disseminated to a wider audience after Woodson, the victim's maiden name, failed to receive a response to an email she sent to Savage Dec. 1 asking if he remembered the incident.

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Savage was set to release a book entitled "The Ridiculously Good Marriage" but publisher Bethany House cancelled the plans amid the allegations against the pastor. He asked me to suck it. He even said he took "responsibility" for his actions, despite the fact that he never turned himself in to any real authorities.

She explained that Savage was driving her back to her mom's house when he diverted and made her feel as though he was going to surprise her with an ice-cream stop.

The lead pastor at Highpoint, Chris Conlee, said he was among those "hurt by the ripple effect of the consequences of that sin" but that he stood by Savage. "I was scared embarrassed, but I did it", she wrote. "I am truly sorry that more was not done", he said, noting that he was unaware he had unfinished business concerning the incident.

Savage believed the alleged sexual assault was "dealt with" in the past. She told the incident to their associate pastor Larry Cotton who was completely unsupportive and unsympathetic to her plight.

In a shocking twist, a Memphis megachurch pastor Andy Savage received a standing ovation after he admitted to sexually assaulting a teen 20 years ago. "What matters is that this was a big problem and continues to go on".

On Amazon, where the book was still available for pre-order as of Wednesday, the description calls Savage a "pastor and relationship coach" who "has been in the trenches of marital hardship".

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