This is a sexual assault allegation that can’t just be ignored. Pastor Robert Coy, who founded the largest megachurch in Florida, has been accused of molesting a young girl for several years, beginning when she was just four years old.
The victim’s mother found out what happened years after the fact and called the police, who then requested to speak with the girl herself. The victim, a teenager at the time of speaking with the cops, explained in detail how Coy forced her to perform oral sex and touch his penis as a young child.
The big twist here is Coy, who managed strip clubs in Las Vegas before founding Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, already resigned in disgrace in 2014. He admitted to “multiple affairs and a pornography addiction,” according to the Miami New Times.
Coy shocked his flock and made national headlines by walking away from his ministry, selling his house, and divorcing his wife.
The sexual assault claims, which have never before been divulged, raise new questions about the pastor, his church, and the police who handled the case. Documents show that Coral Springs cops sat on the accusations for months before dropping the inquiry without even interviewing Coy. His attorneys, meanwhile, persuaded a judge with deep Republican ties to seal the ex-pastor’s divorce file to protect Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale from scrutiny.
Coy hasn’t been charged with a crime, and there’s a good chance he won’t be, especially since many of the attendees of his former church have already forgiven him for his transgressions.
Calvary attendee Debbie Polcino, a former wife of a preacher herself, said she wasn’t surprised by the 2014 revelations of adultery, and they didn’t change her opinion that Coy is “an anointed man.”
“You really felt like you were sitting there and he was talking directly to you,” she said. “Everyone loved him.”
In a statement to the Miami Herald, the church said it takes “every allegation seriously.” The statement went on to say that they are praying for “the Coy family as they pursue redemption and healing.”
I’m sorry, but Coy — who is now managing a club called the “Funky Biscuit” — is not the one who needs prayers or support. If the church really takes these allegations seriously, as it should, then its kind words of solidarity should be with the victim.
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