Youth Pastor Facing Charges
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According to a criminal complaint a Clearfield County man is facing felony charges in Minnesota for sexually assaulting two girls while he was a youth pastor there in the 1980s. Authorities say 59-year-old Todd Hogue, whose current address is listed as Curwensville, Pennsylvania, faces two counts of third-degree criminal sexual contact. Brainerd police say the woman first reported the sexual assault Dec. 3, 2018, saying she had grown up in the Brainerd area, but lives in Texas. According to the complaint, the woman said that in 1987-88, she attended her senior year of high school at First Baptist Church in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. The woman said that during that time, Hogue served as her youth pastor and began sexually assaulting her by touching and groping her, the complaint says. The woman told police that she had reported the assaults to church officials, but they did not believe her, and once Hogue realized no one believed her, the assaults escalated, the complaint says. The woman told police of an incident that happened before she turned 18; Hogue raped her in a closet of the school's sound room, the complaint says. According to police, the woman said that Hogue had sexually assaulted her several times after she had turned 18. Police say they conducted many interviews over the course of the investigation of people who attended and worked at the school/church during the time of the allegations. According to police, many of those interviewed recalled Hogue inappropriately flirting with the female students including snapping their bra straps. Police say that more than one witness reported a meeting that was held by the church's Board of Deacons regarding the allegations against Hogue. According to police, another former student reported that Hogue had inappropriately touched her. Investigators say they interviewed Hogue several times over the phone and he admitted that he worked at First Baptist Church during the time the allegations took place and said he did remember having to appear before the Board of Deacons regarding allegations. Police say Hogue neither admitted nor denied the allegations.