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Herman Rushing, Jr, pastor of By His Grace Ministries in Butler, Pennsylvania, stands accused of inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls, ages ten and thirteen. Rushing, Jr, is also accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with an adult woman.
A Butler County pastor is behind bars Wednesday and is facing charges for what authorities say was inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls and a member of his congregation, according to news reports.
Herman Rushing Jr., 67, of Portersville, is a pastor at By His Grace Ministries and is facing charges of corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children and indecent assault.
After an “extensive investigation,” Rushing is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with two girls, aged 10 and 13, both from Prospect. The investigation tracked activity spanning from January 2021 to this September, WTAE and WPXI reported.
He is also accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a woman who is a member of his congregation. The incident took place at By His Grace Christian Ministries in Butler.
Rushing has been arrested and is being housed at the Butler County Prison after failing to post bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 14.
Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.
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