Local pastor facing felony sex charges in Minnesota

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BRAINERD, Minn (WTAJ) — A Curwensville pastor is charged for an alleged sexual assault of at least two teenage girls when he was a youth pastor in the 1980s in Minnesota.

Todd Travis Hogue, 59, was charged on January 27, 2020, in Minnesota with third degree felony criminal sexual conduct forced or coercion, and criminal sexual conduct of the third degree.

Hogue is the pastor at Community Baptist Church of Curwensville, where he’s been since 2003, according to the church’s website.

According to court documents, a Texas woman reported to police in December 2018, that she was sexually assaulted by Hogue between the ages of 17 to 18 in the year 1987 to 1988.

Police say the woman attended high school at Lake Region Christian School, which was an extension of First Baptist Church in Minnesota.

At that time, Hogue was a youth pastor would have been around 27 years old.

According to the complaint, Hogue allegedly inappropriately touched and groped the woman.

The woman told police that she reported the incidents to the church, but the church didn’t believe her.

According to documents, once Hogue realized that the church didn’t believe her report, he continued the sexual assaults.

The woman told police about one incident where Hogue raped her in the closet of the school’s sound room.

The sexual assaults continued after the woman turned 18.

During further investigation, numerous interviews were conducted with people associated with the church and school.

Police say they recalled Hogue frequently flirtatious inappropriately with some of the female students, like snapping their bra straps.

It was also reported by more than one witness that there was a meeting of the Board of Deacons regarding allegations by the victim that Hogue had sexually assaulted her.

Hogue did not admit nor deny the allegations, but stated he say he remembered having to appear before the Deacon Board regarding an allegation that he hugged the victim.

According to complaint, another female student reported Hogue had sexually abused her, but did not rape her.

Hogue has been summoned to appear in district court in Minnesota on February 26.

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