Police in Michigan are reportedly investigating Mitch Olson, above, senior pastor at Grace Ministry Center in Kimball, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a former parishioner during an anointing session to cleanse her of ‘sexual sins’.
According to this report, his alleged victim is Justine Morden, 20, inset, who trusted Olson to help her find forgiveness for her sins. Morden said she sought counsel from Olson about changing her life and he suggested she be anointed to cleanse her of her sins.
He told her he didn’t have anointing oil at the church during a meeting in July 2016 but would eventually make time to get her anointed. He then came to her home, oil at the ready.
A police report lodged with local authorities said:
Olson then said a prayer and placed oil on her head, Olson then did the same on (her) shoulders. Olson then asked if he could put the oil on her breasts (she) said yes and Olson put his hand down the front of (her) shirt making skin to skin contact with (her) breasts. Olson then put oil on (her) stomach/mid-section. Olson then asked he could put oil on (her) buttock, (she) responded yes.
Olson then put his hand down the back of (her) pants and made skin to skin contact with (her) buttock cheeks. Olson then asked if he could put oil on (her) pubic area (front of pants), (she) responded yes. Olson then put his hand down the front of (her) pants and made skin to skin contact with (her) pubic region. Olson then touched (her) knees and ended with her feet.
Morden explained that it wasn’t until she told her mother about the anointing session that she realised the anointing she received wasn’t standard practice.
When I explained it to my mom, she said it wasn’t right. I believed it was what really had to be done, but he grabbed, groped my boobs.
It’s the worst feeling ever and I don’t want anyone to experience that.
When investigating detective Eric Stevens from the St. Clair County Sheriff Department asked Grace Ministry Center board member Gordon Farnsworth “did the anointing involve Mitch anointing (her) breasts, butt cheeks, and pubic/pelvic region?” Farnsworth replied:
Yes, with the qualifier that the intent and extent of the touching is the point of disagreement between (Olson) and (her).
Farnsworth claimed there was inconsistencies with the narrative Morden has been sharing with the public.
…. There was a lot of discrepancy as far as the story goes … and (the board) did not feel there was an intent of a lustful nature. Knowing (Olson) for several years and seeing what he has done for the community … He has gone out of his way to help people and lead people to Christ. I truly feel in my heart he was trying to help this young lady. I do feel there was poor judgment that he went over (to her apartment) without anyone else there, but I feel the situation was taken out of context … Many lives have been hurt through this whole thing.
Former Assistant Pastor Justin Mcburney further noted in the report that Olson told him that:
The oil bottle had broken, getting oil all over. Olson said it was possible his hand had slipped and his hand might have gone in her pants. Olson also said he should have not gone over to (her) house.
St Clair County Prosecutor Mike Wendling said the case was being investigated to determine if a crime was committed.
We will contact the victim and discuss the matter with the victim. We may schedule an interview with her to discuss the case. We will review the statute to see if the facts alleged are in violation of Michigan law and then we will move forward with the review.
Olson reported “struggled with pornography” and was confronted about it at another church where he worked.