Tony Perkins, the Head of Family Research Council, reportedly helped cover up a sexual assault committed by one of its rising stars, Wes Goodman. The alleged victim was a sleeping teen boy.
Goodman recently resigned from the Ohio House of Representatives after reports surfaced that he had a consensual sexual encounter with another man inside of office.
On a fall evening two years ago, donors gathered during a conference at a Ritz-Carlton hotel near Washington to raise funds for a 31-year-old candidate for the Ohio legislature who was a rising star in evangelical politics. Hours later, upstairs in a hotel guest room, an 18-year-old college student who had come to the event with his parents said the candidate unzipped his pants and fondled him in the middle of the night. The frightened teenager fled the room and told his mother and stepfather, who demanded action from the head of the organization hosting the conference.
Tony Perkins personally dealt with covering up fondling incident.
The Oct. 18, 2015 incident involving Goodman was discreetly handled by Perkins, the council’s president and a prominent leader on the religious right. Goodman at the time was campaigning for office after an impressive run in Washington as a congressional aide who rose to managing director of a conservative coalition Perkins oversees. He worked for the Perkins-run network from February 2013 to March 2015**.**
The alleged victim claimed that Goodman pushed him to hang out in his room.
“Wes pushed me to come to his room,” and offered to let him share his bed, he wrote. In his written statement, the young man said he awoke in the middle of the night to find Goodman’s hand “pulling down my zipper.” His pants had been unbuttoned and his zipper was down. He darted from the room at about 4 a.m. “I was shaken, dazed, confused and very upset,” he wrote.
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