Church leaders ask rape victim to apologize to wife of pastor who was jailed for raping her


Brian Mitchell 
By: Feng Qian

A youth pastor was jailed for raping a teenager who came to seek his guidance.

The girl in Ohio, wrote a letter to the judge in which she explained that she did not want to be sexually active with the pastor, 31-year-old Brian Mitchell, but he tricked her.

“I did not give him permission, I clearly said ‘no,’ I felt like he tricked me,” the girl wrote in the letter, which was read at Mitchell’s hearing.

The 16-year-old victim’s mother told the court that her family was informed by officials at Columbia Baptist Church, that they cannot come back until their daughter apologizes to the pastor's wife for having sex with her husband.

The girl told police that the pastor sent her many sexually explicit text messages and they had sex on two occasions.

In some of the text messages, the girl said that the pastor, who is a married father of three children, complained about his wife and their marital problems.

Mitchell claimed that the sex was consensual and there was “emotions and love involved.”

During sentencing, Cuyahoga County Judge Patrick Corrigan said “your excuse that there were emotions and love involved, is troubling and extremely delusional.”

Mitchell was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The judge dismissed his attorney’s recommendation for house arrest.

The church wrote on Facebook that the accusations that they demanded that the victim apologize to the pastor’s wife is
“a serious misunderstanding and does not reflect what actually transpired.”

However, they did not give additional details or clarification of what actually transpired between them and the victim's family, who never returned to the church.