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

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

Savage made a statement on the website of Highpoint Church in Memphis, acknowledging he was involved in a sexual incident with a female high school student while he was a college student on staff at a Texas church.

Jules Woodson was 17 years old when she says she was sexually assaulted by Savage, who at the time was a 22-year-old youth minister at a Houston church. Woodson said Savage offered her a ride home, only to drive her to a wooded area where he assaulted her. On Friday, Woodson went public with her story on Watch Keep, a Christian blog, after the rise of the #MeToo hashtag empowered her to come forward and break the silence that protected her assaulter.

This incident was dealt with in Texas 20 years ago, but in the last few days has been presented to a wider audience.

He was treated to a 20-second standing ovation while Woodson, watching online, was left in tears, per the New York Times.

She also explained that on the night that the incident took place, Savage apparently got down on his knees and apologised, but also told her to keep it a secret.

A publishing house has canceled plans to publish a book by a Tennessee pastor who has been accused of sexual assault. He then asked me to unbutton my shirt. He said he took responsibility for his actions and is remorseful to this day. She says she's going to press charges. I remember feeling that this must mean that Andy loved me. She then told the head pastor, Steve Bradley, who eventually talked to her mother but twisted the story so that it only seemed like Savage and Woodson had shared an "innocent kiss".

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Andy Savage, the megachurch pastor, sat on a wooden stool on the stage at Highpoint Church in Memphis on Sunday and admitted that he was guilty of sexual activity with a teen before asking for forgiveness, according to video footage of the event.

"Until now, I did not know there was unfinished business with Jules", he said.

Highpoint Lead Pastor Chris Conlee has earlier expressed support for Savage, saying God supports him "1,000 percent". She said she filed a report with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

In Texas, most sexual assault crimes have a statute of limitations that would have expired by now, the paper noted.

"On behalf of the elders, pastors, staff, and Trustees of Highpoint, I want to affirm that we are 100% committed to Andy, Amanda, and their family and his continued ministry at Highpoint Church".

The woman watched Savage's confession during a livestream on the church's YouTube page. "What matters is that this was a big problem and continues to go on". The pastor, she said, turned down a dark road, where he parked the truck and turned off the headlights.

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