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Anti-porn youth pastor busted over indecent images of boys

Anti-porn youth pastor busted over indecent images of boys

An unnamed South African youth pastor from the Cape Town suburb of Rondebosch has been arrested for allegedly duping at least 50 teenage boys into sending him explicit photographs of themselves.

According to this report, the 27-year-old from the Common Ground Church publicly condemned pornography. In a 2016 post on his Facebook page, he said:

Porn doesn’t really show what sex is, it shows what selfish pleasure is. Porn shows conflicting messages about consent. Today’s porn sells the idea that your pleasure is more important than anyone else’s pain or abuse.

It teaches viewers to minimise the sexual trauma of others because in porn, ‘no’ eventually turns into ‘yes.’ It’s time we wake up to the toxic ideas that porn promotes.

The father of a 16-year-old who had belonged to the suspect’s youth group said:

He used to often have a go at my son saying, ‘Tell me, are you using porn? Do you use porn on social media? Tell me if you are doing that.’

Police said the suspect’s modus operandi allegedly involved hacking into his teenage congregants’ social media accounts and, using the identity of a teenage girl, coaxing boys between the ages of 14 and 17 to share naked photos of themselves.

When the boys wanted to stop sharing photos the suspect’s girl alias would threaten them with online exposure.

Said police spokesman Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo:

Most of the boys would then go to the suspect, as a man of the cloth, to seek advice on how to handle the person bullying them online.

He would then advise them to continue sharing photos which constitutes, on his part, failing to report knowledge of the commission of a sexual offence with children.

The pastor is also accused of targeting pupils at a number of leading Cape Town boys’ schools. He presented himself as a sports photographer and a church youth worker.

Senior pastor Ryan TerMorshuizen, above, said the man was investigated two years ago when he sent a WhatsApp message to a teenager who had injured his genital area‚ requesting a photo.

We immediately had him assessed by two therapists – one of whom we have on retainer – and we also asked for a report from an external forensic clinical psychologist.

All had given the youth leader a clean bill of health.

TerMorshuizen said the church decided to open up about the charges so that they wouldn’t be accused of a cover up, saying they were assisting fully with investigations and had brought charges against the youth pastor themselves.

He is quoted here as saying:

These are the kinds of things that nightmares are made of for a church. As you can imagine, we are absolutely devastated as a congregation. A number of families who’ve had this young man in their home say it felt like a divorce when someone cheats and you just didn’t see it coming.

The suspect appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Friday. He was charged with possession of child pornography and failing to report knowledge of the commission of a sexual offence with children. He was released on R1,000 (£57.00) bail.

Hat tip: Ate Berga

11 responses to “Anti-porn youth pastor busted over indecent images of boys”

  1. Broga says:

    The unnamed pastor has put a lot of thought, planning and work into this scam. Seemed to work well for him. First he inveigles the victims into exhibiting their bodies and whom should they run to, but one of those exemplars of decency, – their pastor. Then he advises them to repeat the behaviour which he uses to sexually indulge himself.

    They congregation is, of course, shocked and stunned. Is forgiveness on the way?

  2. L.Long says:

    And how does porn ruin lives?? I have a great life and my porn collection is great too. But I have observed that many lives are ruined by xtian shaming the crap out people, by xtians & others making most of it illegal, ruins lives!

  3. Broga says:

    L.Long: A man was visiting his friend in prison. He asked him if he missed being deprived of sex. The man said, “No I masturbate and I prefer that. I meet a better class of woman that way.”

  4. L.Long says:

    Masturbation is great, its easy, don’t have to worry about weird diseases, And you don’t have to drive home when done!

  5. Broga says:

    L.Long: “Masturbation causes only one problem, guilt, usually the result of a youth spent hearing that it’s unnatural, perverted, and sure to send you to hell. If your religion vilifies masturbation, that’s between you and God. But every sexuality expert agrees: Masturbation is normal, healthy, and doesn’t cause physical or mental health problems.”

    When I was a boy masturbation was described as bodily self pollution. What that meant was never described and I still remember a friend of mine saying, “I don’t know what that is but it sounds bloody nasty.” In a society within the puritan context of the church we didn’t dare ask.

    The army, which I joined at 18, dealt with sex far better and explicitly. Their concern was to explain, graphically, the possible consequences of VD or, as it was generically described, Clap. Religion never came into the lecture and questions were answered frankly. We learned things there, in those innocent days, that we had never imaged.

  6. StephenJP says:

    “Don’t knock masturbation. It’s sex with someone you love” – Woody Allen.

  7. Broga says:

    Do RC priests masturbate? Does the RC church have an opinion about it?

  8. JS says:

    Why are we even surprised anymore. Real pedos hide in plain sight as authority figures.

  9. Dan says:

    @Broga. Yes they do. But I don’t know what they are thinking whilst doing so but I guess they have a huge range of bizarre and unhealthy images in their heads.

  10. Darren Toth says:

    Errr, the comments here seem to be missing the main point. All this defense of masturbation, when this guy masturbating wasn’t the problem. This is about what he is masturbating over…photos of under aged boys.

  11. Laura Roberts says:

    This fits perfectly with the story about Bishop Egan from two days ago. One can only conclude this youth pastor was ensuring the boys could, in Egan’s words, “hear how much Christ and His Church loves them”.