Duane Youngblood once wrote a book about how he was able to de-convert from homosexuality, but police say the Pittsburgh pastor was actually sexually abusing a teenage boy over the course of several years.
Youngblood, who leads the Higher Call World Outreach Church, was arrested this week and charged with corrupting a minor. The boy, who has since turned 21, told police that Youngblood abused him over the course of nearly three years.
The young man claimed that the sexual assaults took place inside the church, in the bathroom and office. The victim said the abuse started in 2009 and ended when he went to college in 2011. During his freshman year, the boy reportedly told Youngblood that he did not want to be counseled by him anymore.
A criminal complaint claimed that during their first counseling session, Youngblood led the boy to a back room of the church and instructed him to pull down his pants, then inappropriately touched the boy. The victim told police that Youngblood molested him at roughly 25 of their sessions together.
The police report says that Duane Youngblood also showed the boy a pornographic movie.
After the abuse ended, Youngblood reportedly told the boy to keep the incidents a secret because “he didn’t want to get into trouble.”
The pastor, who is married with multiple children, was known for writing the book Freedom From Homosexuality: No Longer Living The Lie that discussed “the enemy’s plan against him.”
The Amazon description of the book claims that Youngblood “shares insights and truth to help anyone struggling with perversions find a place of forgiveness and deliverance in God. Through his honesty about his own life and the enemy’s plan against him, many have already been delivered from perverse sins.”
Duane Youngblood has been known to police in the past. He was arrested in 2006 and charged with molesting a 15-year-old boy that he was supposed to be counseling. Youngblood was sentenced to one year of intermediate punishment and seven years’ probation, and ordered to register as a sex offender.