Pastor Who Operated Church 'Fight Club' Charged With Sexual Assault

A Henrietta, New York pastor has been charged with forcibly touching two women according to USA Today.

A Henrietta, New York pastor has been charged with forcibly touching two women according to USA Today. Pastor Paul Burress gained public notoriety because his church has a fight club for congregants.

The Henrietta pastor has been dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct for several years. Several blogs and news websites featured such claims three years ago, when Burress came to public attention because of his fighting-in-church approach. But none of those accusations were proved and there is no record of any previous arrest. Tina Wright, a former member of Victory Church who asserts she has a long personal history with Burress, said she had spoken to one of the women who filed charges.

A former member of the church claims that there are likely more victims to come forward.

Wright, who now lives in South Carolina, said she encouraged that woman and others who may have been harmed by the minister to come forward. "I know beyond the shadow of a doubt there are more victims. There’s a lot of us here," Wright said. "We need to end the silence so we can stop the cycle of abuse, especially in the church."

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