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Holy Childhood church addresses parishioners about pastor charged with child porn possession – Belleville News

Two men representing the Holy Childhood Catholic Church in Mascoutah addressed the parish at the start of the 8 a.m. Mass Sunday to speak about one of the church’s pastors being charged with possession of meth and child pornography.

“When something this tragic happens of this magnitude, it affects all of us,” said one of the men at the 8 a.m. Mass Sunday. “There’s feelings and reactions within our parish…of shock, confusion, anger, confirmation, embarrassment, understanding, love and compassion.”

The man acknowledged that parishioners may have questions: How could this happen? What else was going on? How could he have hid this?

“We have become a nation and society that is quick to assess and point fingers,” he said. “What we do know is true is that we’re all true sinners…and none of us have ever been saints.”

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Congregation applauds after pastor admits sexual incident with teen

The Memphis, Tennessee, congregants broke into 25 seconds of applause after the pastor confessed to a 1998 “sexual incident” with a teenager and asked for their forgiveness.

Now 42, pastor Andy Savage of Highpoint Church was 22 at the time and a youth minister at Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church outside Houston, Texas, when the incident with Jules Woodson occurred.

“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,” he said during Sunday’s service. “I apologized and sought forgiveness from her, her parents, her discipleship group, the church staff, and the church leadership, who informed the congregation. … I took every step to respond in a biblical way.”

He said he “deeply regret(s)” the pain he caused the family.

The encounter, which he said happened before he was engaged to his wife, Amanda,

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Tennessee pastor apologizes for ‘sexual incident’ with teen

The Memphis, Tennessee, congregants broke into 25 seconds of applause after the pastor confessed to a 1998 “sexual incident” with a teenager and asked for their forgiveness.

Now 42, pastor Andy Savage of Highpoint Church was 22 at the time and a youth minister at Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church outside Houston, Texas, when the incident with Jules Woodson occurred.

“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,” he said during Sunday’s service. “I apologized and sought forgiveness from her, her parents, her discipleship group, the church staff, and the church leadership, who informed the congregation. … I took every step to respond in a biblical way.”

He said he “deeply regret(s)” the pain he caused the family.

The encounter, which he said happened before he was engaged to his wife, Amanda,

Read more at: http://kfor.com/2018/01/11/tennessee-pastor-apologizes-for-sexual-incident-with-teen/

Associate pastor of Mascoutah church taken into police custody – Belleville News

The associate pastor of Holy Childhood Church and school in Mascoutah was taken into police custody Monday morning, according to the state’s attorney.

The priest was identified as the Rev. Gerald R. Hechenberger.

“We have been working with Belleville (Police) and the task force for several weeks and we anticipate they will be submitting evidence collected pursuant to a search warrant we issued within the next 48 hours to be reviewed for charges involving Gerald Hechenberger,” St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said.

Earlier in the day, Belleville Police issued a statement saying a Mascoutah resident was identified as being in possession of child pornography, but the police statement did not identify the resident. A police captain confirmed that Belleville police officers were at the church at 419 East Church St. around 7 a.m. Monday.

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Memphis Megachurch Stands By Pastor Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teenager

“This information is not new to me or to our leadership,” Chris Conlee, the lead pastor of Highpoint Church, said in a statement Friday. Earlier that day, The Wartburg Watch, a Christian blog, had published the account of a woman who’d accused Andy Savage, teaching pastor at Highpoint, of sexually abusing her in the late 1990s when she was a teenager.

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‘It’s very hard to tell your story:’ Woman who accused Memphis pastor of sexual assault tells her story

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) –

Controversy surrounds Pastor Andy Savage at the prominent Highpoint Church in East Memphis, after a woman claims he sexually assaulted her two decades ago.

Saturday night, WMC Action News 5 spoke exclusively to that accuser who is now sharing her story.

When Jules Woodson was a high school senior in Woodlands, Texas, she claims a minister she trusted changed her life forever.

“I was sexually assaulted by my youth minister when I was 17 years old,” Woodson said.

For the first time, Woodson is speaking publicly–exclusively with WMC Action News 5–about alleged sexual misconduct she claims happened at the hands of current Highpoint Minister Andy Savage, when he was in his early 20’s. 

“This is something I’ve struggled with all my life,” Woodson said.

Woodson said Savage drove her home after a church event in 1998. She said he took her

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Chesterfield youth pastor is charged in Thanksgiving triple homicide at his home

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