Pastor Mitch Olson of Michigan’s Grace Ministry Center won’t be prosecuted for a ‘highly questionable’ anointing of Justine Morden, 20, inset, who recently accused Olson of sexual assault.
According to this report, Morden is devastated that the authorities decided that, under state law, she doesn’t qualify as a victim. She said:
It’s frustrating to know that it did happen but that Michigan law can’t protect me. It’s very frustrating. I think if Michigan law was different he would be prosecuted … it’s frustrating that he can continue to do to other women what he did to me …
I have learned through this experience that sexual assault is so minimized and that it’s easier for people to brush it under the rug rather than take action.
So, what did the pastor do?
Olsen admitted that his hand might have slipped into her pants while anointing her with oil to cleanse her of sexual sins at her home.
In a case review Senior Assistant Prosecutor Paul Soderberg described the pastor’s conduct as:
A police report lodged with local authorities said:
Morally reprehensible … the Grace Ministry Center head pastor’s conduct appears to be highly questionably and not religious in nature. It also appears to have violated the standards of the church.
However, based on the information … this conduct despite being immoral is not illegal according to Michigan criminal law. For these reasons we are unable to prosecute this case.
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.