Split verdict in pastor’s sex abuse trial


Split verdict in pastor’s sex abuse trial

ADEL, Iowa —

A jury announced its split verdict Friday in the trial of former Pella pastor Patrick Edouard late Friday afternoon.

The jury found Edouard not guilty of three counts of third-degree sexual abuse.

The jury found him guilty of all four counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist, school employee or clergy. They also found him guilty of having a pattern, practice or scheme to sexually exploit.

Four women in Edouard’s former congregation at Covenant Reform Church in Pella said he used his influence as a pastor and counselor to draw them into having sexual relations.  Three of the women said the first sexual encounter with Edouard was rape.

The jury deliberated Thursday afternoon and Friday. They announced they were returning to the courtroom to read the verdict about 3:50 p.m.

Assistant Iowa Attorney General Scott Brown said they were hoping for convictions on the sex abuse charges and believed they had the evidence to prove them.

“Ultimately, in the end, we’re just happy and very pleased with the outcome,” Brown said. “We knew the sexual abuse charges were a real uphill battle because of the nature of the relationships that our victims had with the defendant.”

Edouard faces up to nine years in prison.

“We’re very pleased with the verdict. We know it was a very difficult case, difficult for the victims, difficult for their families, difficult for the jury to hear the type of evidence they had to hear, and we’re very happy with the verdict that was entered,” Brown said.

Judge Paul Huscher continued Edouard’s bond and he was able to leave the courtroom after the verdict.

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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