Religion Youth Pastor Watch
posted by November 3 at 13:20 PMon
A former assistant youth minister at the Rochester First Church of the Nazarene has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
Gideon Slusher, 25, of Oakland Township was arraigned Wednesday at the 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills on two charges of third degree criminal sexual conduct and two charges of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct…. Police said that in February, when the girl was 15, Slusher sexually assaulted her in a youth group room at the church.
Police said Slusher started calling the girl from the Academy of Waterford, where he was an eighth-grade teacher, because his wife had become curious about all of the phone calls and texting between the two. He also set up an e-mail account, so he could write to the teen without his wife knowing, police said.
It was in late February that Slusher allegedly assaulted the teen in the youth group room.
According to this roundup of 2005 “e-tidings” from the First Church of the Nazarene, both Slusher and his wife are preachers’ kids.
Congratulations to Gideon Slusher and Sarah Crum who were married on May 14th at Rochester Church. Gideon is the son of Rev. Gary & Cheryl Slusher of Southwest Church and Sarah is the daughter of Rev. Larry and Ruth Crum of Rochester Church.