Black Collar Crime: Baptist Pastor Lee Wiegand Stands Accused of Sex Crimes

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Lee Wiegand, pastor of First Baptist Church in Canby, Oregon, stands accused of sexually abusing a minor.

KOIN-6 reports:

A Canby pastor is out of jail on bail after being arrested on charges of sex abuse involving a minor.

Lee Philip Wiegand is charged with 9 counts of 2nd-degree sex abuse for alleged crimes that happened in 2011-2012 involving a minor that he knew, according to Canby police.

Police said Wiegand was a pastor at First Baptist Church, which is affiliated with a school, but the alleged sex abuse is not related to the church or school.

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5 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    This is bullshit, I attended the school for about 10 years and I know the accuser(who might be mentally challenged) and I know for a fact that he did not do this he is a good man.

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      And you KNOW this how? Evidently, the police and prosecutor thought there was enough evidence to arrest him. No one can KNOW with certainty what someone may or may not do. Take some time to read the hundreds of posts in the Black Collar Crime Series. You will find scores of “good” men who have been convicted of heinous crimes.

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  2. Anonymous

    The “man” isn’t even an ordained minister! He just called himself a pastor.

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      You don’t need to be ordained to be a pastor. This man attended a Christian seminary, though there are no education requirements for being a pastor. After all, Jesus and the disciples were not educated, nor were they ordained.

      In the United States, anyone can start a church and call himself a pastor. There are zero state/federal laws regulating these things.

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  3. Aaron

    Well, I was one of his students, I never saw any sexual misconduct, but I was personally on the receiving end of physical abuse. I’d sure love to know how so many people managed enough willful ignorance to not see it, he wasn’t exactly subtle. I was in that school 86-98

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