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Teen testifies that former pastor forced him to perform sex acts

[Source] August 29, 2008:

A 15-year-old boy testified yesterday that Rodney Keith Boothe, a pastor in the boy’s church, made the boy perform oral sex on him and then told him not to tell anyone about the incident.

“He said, ‘Don’t tell because a whole bunch of stuff is going to happen, and they’re not going to believe you,'” the boy said on the witness stand in Forsyth Superior Court.

Boothe, 40, is on trial for 42 sex-related charges, including 10 counts of indecent liberties with a child and 13 statutory sex-offense charges. Prosecutors say that the alleged sex acts happened between 2005 and April 2007.

Two teenagers accused him of touching them and performing sex acts on them and having them perform sex acts on him. The 15-year-old said he was 13 and 14 when the sex acts happened.

The other teen, now 18, testified Tuesday that the sex acts began when he was 15 and stopped when he was 17, after his aunt saw explicit cell-phone text and picture messages he and Boothe exchanged. The 18-year-old has said he initially resisted Boothe’s advances, then came to believe he was in love with him.

The aunt called police.

Boothe and both teens were members of Greater Church of Deliverance on North Cherry Street, which is also known as Christ Cathedral Church of Deliverance.

In testimony, Boothe has been described as an overseer, a pastor who would preach when the church’s senior pastor was out.

Stephanie Drake, the church’s chief of staff, said in a phone interview that Boothe was dismissed as soon as church leaders learned of the allegations against him. She said that he was a volunteer who “may have spoken on an occasion or so.”

The older teen knew Boothe earlier, from a church they both attended in Wilmington. The older teen was living in Virginia, and Boothe was living in Winston-Salem when the teen decided to live with Boothe. The older teen had bounced around from family member to family member.

The 15-year-old said that the sex acts with Boothe happened both in Boothe’s house and in the 15-year-old’s home, including once when the 15-year-old’s family took in Boothe’s family.

Both teens have given the same testimony about Boothe at one point asking the older boy to propose a sex act with the younger boy, an act that the older teen said Boothe told him he wanted to watch.

The 15-year-old said some sex acts happened when his siblings were playing with Boothe’s daughters at Boothe’s house.

In one case, the boy said, he and several children were in Boothe’s room when Boothe told them to leave so Boothe could get ready for church.

The boy said that Boothe told him to stay because he had some shoes to give him to wear to church. The boy said that Boothe then began touching him as the boy was putting the shoes on.

The boy said Boothe took off the boy’s shorts, but then stopped because his phone rang. He then was on the phone, the boy said, and nothing more happened.

Then they all went to church, the boy said.

The 15-year-old’s testimony was given in a mostly empty courtroom, after prosecutors asked Judge Stuart Albright to clear the courtroom for the boy’s testimony.

Albright did, sending out some of Boothe’s family over defense attorney Paul James’ objection. Albright later modified his order and allowed a Winston-Salem Journal reporter to be in the courtroom, over prosecutor Pansy Glanton’s objection

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August 29, 2008 - Posted by | Sex Abuse

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