Paul Burress, a controversial preacher who attracted nationwide attention in 2014 due to a mixed martial arts documentary called “Fight Church,” pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in court Wednesday in Rochester, New York.
Burress, 43, who formerly pastored the Victory Church in New York, was arrested in September 2017 for forcibly touching the “sexual or other intimate parts” of two women. He had pleaded not guilty to those charges.
On Wednesday, however, the Democrat & Chronicle reported that Burress, who was accused of groping three women in his Henrietta home, pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse as part of a plea agreement for one year of probation. Orders of protection were also issued for his victims.
Before charges were brought last year, Burress had been dogged by allegations that he’s a sexual abuser who enjoyed life as a swinger but none of them previously amounted to any formal charges.
In a letter sent to the leadership team of Victory Church in 2013, an unidentified source complained that he believed he was seduced into administering sensual back-rubs on Burress’ wife, Jill, and repeatedly shown explicit video of the pastor having sex with his her.
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Source: Christian Post