Texas Megachurch Pastor Admits to ‘Inappropriate Sexual Behavior’ With Minor

Texas Megachurch Pastor Admits to 'Inappropriate Sexual Behavior' With Minor
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A promi­nent Texas megachurch pas­tor has con­fessed to “inap­pro­pri­ate sex­u­al behav­ior with a young lady” after being accused of sex­u­al­ly abus­ing a fam­i­ly friend start­ing when she was just 12 years old.

Robert Mor­ris, the founder of Gate­way Church in South­lake and a for­mer spir­i­tu­al advis­er to Don­ald Trump, admit­ted to the “inap­pro­pri­ate” acts, which he says occurred over sev­er­al years in the late 1980s.

How­ev­er, his accuser, Cindy Clem­ishire, says she was a “very inno­cent lit­tle girl” at the time, not a “young lady” as Mor­ris described.

Clem­ishire says the abuse, which includ­ed “kiss­ing and pet­ting,” went on for four years until she was 16 years old. She tried to file a law­suit against Mor­ris in 2005, but his attor­ney alleged­ly sug­gest­ed she was par­tial­ly respon­si­ble because she was “flir­ta­tious.”

The church’s elders have stood by Mor­ris, say­ing he under­went a “prop­er bib­li­cal restora­tion process” after con­fess­ing the abuse. How­ev­er, Clem­ishire says her father nev­er gave Mor­ris per­mis­sion to return to min­istry, con­tra­dict­ing the church’s claims.

The rev­e­la­tion has rocked the megachurch com­mu­ni­ty, rais­ing ques­tions about account­abil­i­ty for cler­gy accused of sex­u­al misconduct.

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