News: Pastor Accused of Using Nanny as Sex Object

News: Pastor Accused of Using Nanny as Sex Object April 15, 2014

Written by Chelsea Schilling and reposted from World Net Daily.

Lawsuit claims religious leader promised to marry young woman after wife dies

(Warning: This story contains explicit descriptions of alleged sexual conduct described in a lawsuit and may be offensive to some readers.)

The former leader of a popular Christian ministry – who resigned from his position after confessing to an “inappropriate” relationship – is now the subject of a lawsuit that claims he “methodically groomed” and made unwanted sexual contact with a young woman after serving as an authority figure in her life for more than a decade.

Doug Phillips, a husband and father of eight children, had been a popular and controversial figure in the homeschooling movement and a leading advocate of “biblical patriarchy” before his resignation from Vision Forum Ministries and Boerne Christian Assembly, a Baptist church outside San Antonio, Texas, at which he had served as an elder and preached hundreds of sermons.

Phillips was also founder of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival and of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches.

According to the teachings of the patriarchy movement, also known as the stay-at-home daughters or quiverfull movement, young women remain at home under the protection of their fathers. They’re generally expected not to work outside their home or go to college, and they’re taught to abide by strict gender roles in which men have authority over women.

‘A personal sex object’

In the complaint filed in Kendall County District Court in Texas Tuesday morning, Phillips is accused of using a woman named Lourdes Torres, now 29, as “a personal sex object” over a period of five years.

Asked if she ever believed she loved Phillips, Torres, who was over the age of 21 at the time of the sexual contact, told WND, “Oh, yes, definitely.”

Torres said she met Phillips and his wife, Beall, at a homeschooling conference in November 1999 when Torres was 15 years old. Torres spent many hours in the Phillips home, cared for their children and helped run the family farm. She was invited on trips with the family to Hawaii, Virginia, Mexico, Florida and other states.

By 2007, according to the complaint, Phillips began “to pay special attention” to Torres, complementing her beauty and devotion to his family, giving her money, touching her, asking her personal questions about her thoughts and life plans and telling her he would take care of her.

By October of that year, the lawsuit states, Phillips invited Torres’ family to live with him as they were moving into a new home: “Phillips entered [Torres’] bedroom and without her consent began touching her breasts, stomach, back, neck, and waist.” Torres alleges she began to cry and ask Phillips to stop as he rubbed his genitals on her and “masturbated and ejaculated on her.” She claims the behavior continued, and Phillips told her he loved her and intended to marry her and “blatantly disregarded her requests” that he stop.

“Douglas Phillips, on the evenings he visited Ms. Torres, persuaded her that he was not doing anything wrong, that he intended to marry Ms. Torres, and that his wife would die shortly and enable him to marry Ms. Torres,” the complaint states. “He further repeatedly told Ms. Torres that he loved her, that he would take care of her, and that what they were doing was not wrong. He also stated that if it was wrong, it was completely her fault.”

Attorney Jason Jakob, who represents Phillips and Vision Forum, Inc., issued a statement to WND on behalf of his client, claiming, “To date, a media campaign has been architected to destroy and demoralize Doug Phillips, his family and his message, without justification and instead with conjecture and disinformation.”

He said Torres’ allegations are “false, defamatory and made with malicious intent to destroy Doug Phillips, his family and his ministry.” Concerning the relationship between Torres and Phillips, he wrote:

“While it may be true that Mr. Phillips had an intermittent relationship with Mrs. Lourdes Torres-Manteufel, they never had the physical intimacy of touching and/or the exposure of genitalia, nor did the intermittent relationship escalate to sexual intercourse. Furthermore, the evidence demonstrates the relationship was consensual and often initiated, encouraged, and aggressively perpetuated by Mrs. Torres-Manteufel. It was welcomed, consensual and one in which Mrs. Torres-Manteufel repeatedly requested money, trips, jewelry, and numerous special favors from Doug Phillips. This relationship occurred well after Mrs. Lourdes Torres-Manteufel reached the age of majority, as has been confirmed by Mrs. Torres-Manteufel to have begun at the close of 2007.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/pastor-accused-of-using-nanny-as-sex-object-2/#gX32HxDJ1XDvTLac.99

WND has a video of the family and Lourdes up on the article along with more information and the rest of the article. It’s too lengthy with too many photos of Lourdes with the Phillips to post here.

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NLQ Recommended Reading …

Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich

Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce

 


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  • Mel

    Wow.

    It says something about the insane lack of logic involved by the lawyers that they are trying to posit:
    A. Nothing sexual happened.
    B. Most of the relationship was started by the woman – using words generally associated with sexual relations – initiated, encouraged and aggressively perpetuated.

    I’m glad Ms. Torres is getting her day in court – she deserves to be able to tell her side outside of the FundyWorld (TM) spin cycle.

  • Allison the Great

    When I read this on Right Wing Watch, my reaction was “surprise, sur-fucking-prise another pervert in the Quiverful movement.”

  • Peculiar. In the secular world, the man tells the “other woman” that they’re separated or getting a divorce. I guess telling others that your wife will die soon is the holier option?

  • Nightshade

    If anything happened to his wife in that time…say, she died suddenly due to apparent illness or accident…that would look pretty bad for him.

  • That’s what I was thinking. I wonder if the wife could sue for like conspiracy to commit murder or something. Or maybe Phillips was just THAT in tune with God, that he has received prophetic revelation?

  • Nightshade

    Dunno. Probably he did just say that to try and convince his victim that there was a future for her with him, but still…IMO she should keep a very, verrrrry close eye on him, and
    maybe not eat anything she hasn’t prepared herself, just to be safe.

  • Agreed. A restraining order wouldn’t be a bad idea either…

  • Independent Thinker

    Read the article on Right Wing Watch this part for me was very disturbing:

    On October 3, 2013, Ms. Torres received an e-mail from Beall Phillips threatening her if she did not keep silent about what happened to her, i.e., her abuse: During the last ten weeks, and ultimately for the last nine months, you have been lighting bombs all across the country. Right now, you may have a perception of peace, but what you don’t know is that these bombs are about to explode in a manner that will change all of our lives forever. It will affect your life, your marriage prospects . . . your parents . . . and thousands of other people. It is far worse than you imagine. The VFM board has encouraged me to let you know about these and to work with you to give you an opportunity to stop impending destruction. – See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-leader-sued-sexual-battery-treating-young-follower-personal-sex-object#sthash.5o57tNUK.dpuf

    I no longer feel sorry for Beall Phillips. She seems to have the morality of Dottie Sandusky.

  • Nea

    he would take care of her, and that what they were doing was not wrong.
    He also stated that if it was wrong, it was completely her fault.”


    they never had the physical intimacy of touching and/or the exposure of
    genitalia, nor did the intermittent relationship escalate to sexual
    intercourse. Furthermore, the evidence demonstrates the relationship was
    consensual and often initiated, encouraged, and aggressively
    perpetuated by Mrs. Torres-Manteufel

    Sooooo… nothing wrong was done, which was her fault. And it wasn’t intimate, but it was STILL her fault for starting whatever nonsexual but career-ending actions that didn’t actually happen.

  • Nea

    It’s right up there with: he would take care of her, and that what they were doing was not wrong.
    He also stated that if it was wrong, it was completely her fault.”

  • Nea

    Beall drank the koolaide. Now she doesn’t have any other way out but to double-down on denial.

  • Nea

    If you can’t divorce, well then…

  • Allison the Great

    Working with her means making her husband’s victim repent for what her husband did. Ugh, that’s sick.

  • Allison the Great

    They’re oh so chivalrous, aren’t’ they? They never take responsibility for their perversions and their terrible misdeeds. Always blame the woman. What upstanding gentlemen these men are -eyeroll-

  • Nea

    Yes. I’m always impressed at how the men who preach their moral superiority and the need to take personal responsibility aren’t fit for the first and run like chickens from the second.

  • Allison the Great

    Yeah, and for the wife, the logical thing to do after her husband rapes this girl and tells the girl that the wife is going to die soon is… drumroll please… threaten the husband’s victim. If I were the wife I would be more concerned about him telling the girl that I was going to die soon. That doesn’t strike her as strange or unsettling? What the hell?

  • Nea

    $5 says it’s worked for Beall before.

  • Allison the Great

    They have to blame other people for their rapes and cruelty and then they’re always pointing the finger at people who have never done anything so hideous and tell us we’re going to hell for our supposed “sins” . Wow. Just wow.

  • Nea

    Beall is apparently already chattel to the point that she carried a cell phone in the house so that Doug didn’t have to get off his nanny ass to do a single thing for himself.

    Also, her own entire standing in this community is reflecting Doug’s glory. No glory (or no Doug) and she’s a single mother with no skills and 8 mouths to feed.

  • Nea

    Yup. Because we’re apparently all felons at heart. And mistakes, misdemeanors, and felonies are all totes the same thing in God’s eyes.

  • Allison the Great

    This woman must have her head really far up her ass, either that or she’s just as monstrous as Debi Pearl. Abused for so long that she’s become just like her husband. Judging from her email to this poor girl, she seems not to care about what her husband did but more that he can keep doing it and not get caught. She’s aiding. Is this what these men are talking about when they say they want a “helpmeet”?

  • Nea

    Is this what these men are talking about when they say they want a “helpmeet”?

    Yup. And it’s what we’re talking about when we replace “helpmeet” with “doormat.”

  • Allison the Great

    They hide behind this mask of holiness not because they want to go to heaven, but so they can have easy prey, and so they can keep doing the horrible things they do. The mask of holiness is just a smoke screen. The thing I learned in all my years of dealing with these creeps at Christian schools is this : “Christianity, thy name is hypocrisy”.

    They can do all those horrible things to people and God favors them, but good people who would never harm anyone go to hell for not believing in some psychotic murderer of a deity?

  • Allison the Great

    And there are pretty much other words that we can replace “helpmeet” with as well… property, slave, breeder, walking womb. This is what stockholm syndrome really looks like.

  • Nea

    Yup. I, for one, would spit in the eye of any god like that, should I meet it.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Yeah, I wonder about that too. Was Douggie planning on slipping some anti-freeze into iced tea or something equally gruesome?

  • KarenH

    Right. “I didn’t do that. And if I did, it wasn’t wrong. And if it was wrong, it was HER fault.”

  • Allison the Great

    What is this, A Game of Thrones? Dayum.

  • Independent Thinker

    Vision Forum was extremely profitable and Beall benefited greatly from the ministry and the for profit division. I am sure the nearly 250,000 dollars per year the Phillips took home from the two arms of Vision Forum was also a motivation.

  • Independent Thinker

    But she could move in with her close friend Michelle and her multi-millionaire husband Jim Bob. I am sure they would love to have eight more children and Beall can help grandma out in the laundry room.

    http://vimeo.com/12405736

  • LisaP

    Is Mrs. Philips sick or in poor health? Not that it matters. I’m just wondering why he was so sure she was going to die so he could replace her. Sick freak!

  • Nea

    In a nutshell!

  • Nea

    I know you’re being sarcastic (and it’s funny) but the Duggars have got to be setting land speed records for backpeddling, lest they go down with the sinking patriarchy ship.

  • Nightshade

    His own rendition of the Purple Wedding?

  • Independent Thinker

    To the best of my knowledge she has no significant health problems. Up until October of last year both Doug and Beall were extremely active on the homeschooling convention speaking circuit. I can not recall them canceling any of those events for health purposes. This couple up until recently would speak several times per month around the country at numerous events. I have seen Beall at least six times in the last four years in person. She never appeared to have any type of visible illness. Obviously, I don’t know what her medical records say but from personal experience she looks perfectly healthy.

  • Allison the Great

    Exactly. I’ve been listening to the audiobook. I just finished that part.

  • Astrin Ymris

    To be fair, I doubt Beall WANTS to have her hubby continue to amuse himself with other women. But she probably DOES want him to remain wealthy and respected– without a massive scandal that decimates their donor base– and hence her income.

    Also, we don’t know how much pressure she was under to write that email to bring Lourdes to heel. She may be a co-conspirator, or she may be a fellow victim.

    That is IF she wrote that email. There’s kind of a thundering-preacher rhythm to it, isn’t there? In the video Independent Thinker shared, she seemed kind of low-key and down to earth

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    I have been watching and rereading Game of Thrones lately and have to struggle not to use GoT photos and stills in NLQ. Plus I’ve watched a lot of Investigation Discovery this long winter. My mind went there automatically when Doug promised to marry her after Beall died.

  • Allison the Great

    Oh I love that your mind automatically went there. If you can, I would urge you to listen to the audiobook. The narrator is spectacular. His name is Roy Dotrice, and he does so many voices and many of them are quite funny. He’s very old though, he’s in his 90s. The books are already fantastic, but his vocal talents have added so much more to their greatness.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Actually the email isn’t technically a threat if you read it closely– it’s that all the references to bombs and “You aren’t safe” give it the frission of a threat, while avoiding being legally actionable. It’s nicely crafted to be an emotional pipe bomb, while allowing complete deniability. “Oh, no– we weren’t threatening her life! We were metaphorically referring to her allegations as “bombs”, and pointing out that if this HAD happened, she’d be a spit-in glass, and no decent man would want her, so it would hurt her chances at making a Godly marriage to tell everyone about what happened. Er, I mean what she SAYS happened.”

  • Astrin Ymris

    But would a young woman with a homeschool education necessarily realize that a busy travel-and-lecture schedule is incompatible with being terminally ill? Especially one reared to believe that you should avoid noticing logical inconsistencies in what CPM leaders tell you is the truth.

  • Nea

    Roy! I remember him with great fondness from Beauty and the Beast.

  • “Nothing happened, all that happened is her fault.” It is amazing how these patriarchs cannot take responsibility for anything – but women should trust them to make decisions on everyone’s behalf.

  • tulips

    I picked up on that too from the article and had a “?!” moment in which I was totally dumbfounded that it wasn’t followed up on at all. Like “blah blah blah, she wanted it, blah blah, never happened, blah after my wife dies blah” and I’m all…”stop the car, what was that last bit?” but they’ve moved on already.

  • Edie Moore McGee

    Beall has a degree from William and Mary in Education. And word has it that she attended law school with Doug. I could probably easily find out, as Doug graduated from my alma mater.

  • Edie Moore McGee

    It’s possible she’s been told that additional pregnancies could be dangerous. I doubt that info would be enough to dissuade some QF’ers from unprotected activity.

  • tulips

    Just saying…if my desire to remain counted among the living required that close of an eye being kept on someone I’m supposed to be intimate with…I’d be keeping a very distant eye on them instead with a lot of help from armed guards.

  • tulips

    That was precisely how it read to me.

  • Gertrude M. Bell

    Beall looks pretty good in the Sproul wedding photos, she’s gone blond.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Except that the “house” God is supposed to provide for non-believers* after they die is a prison run by a sadistic torturer– with no option to break the lease.

    *Or those who don’t believe in the right things.

  • Nea

    Then she’s got training… but if she never passed the bar, she doesn’t have a chance to get a job on her own.

    Mind you, she may end up with a lawsuit of her own if it’s proven she tried to intimidate the nanny into STFUing.

  • Allison the Great

    Pffft. Godly marriage indeed.

  • Allison the Great

    I don’t believe there is a God that created life. What makes me say that he is a murderer not because things die, but he’s had people do some pretty fucked up shit, and he as a deity has done some pretty fucked up shit. Out of all the gods that man has created since they’ve been creating gods, the angry Judeo-Christian god of the Old Testament is one of the jerks.

  • Catherine

    Why did I read the comments…I should NEVER read the comments.

  • Catherine

    No kidding. It would do them a lot of good to condemn and speak out against what happened.

  • Hhhmmm. You are now tackling another topic, not if God murders.

    Those ideas on hell are not from the Bible, but from popular belief. Firstly, the torturer alledgedly running it is, in fact, the villain who deserves punishment the most and who will get what he deserves. Secondly, the construct of hell as eternal punishment for all who don’t follow Jesus is not actually in the Bible, but conflating selected verses that refer to different concepts, all translated to English with hell. (Sort of the way that “racket” could refer to a noise, a criminal enterprise, or a device for hitting tennis balls. That don’t mean tennis players handle business scams.)

    You could complain about the wrong ideas people have of God, but mentioning hell that way is not about God as portrayed in the Bible.

  • Nightshade

    I’ve got a question about that, I’m not asking this with a smartass ‘Ha, explain THIS!’ attitude, I hope to learn something. 🙂 One of the Bible passages that refers to hell is in Luke 16 (KJV), the story of the rich man and the beggar.

    ’23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

    24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’

    It seems fairly clear to me, but I’m aware that what seems clear isn’t always so. Is there something that I’m missing, perhaps in the verses that precede or follow?

  • Easy, thanks for asking. The trouble is that people are so used to hearing a certain message on hell that they can’t read those texts at face value: They read everything they heard into it automatically.

    a) This passage does say the guy is tormented, but not that it is “run by a sadistic torturer”, which would imply someone’s plan to torture.

    b) It does not say that all who didn’t follow Jesus are there.

    c) This passage never say that this punishment of the rich guy will continue for eternity. You cannot be angry with God for sentencing someone to a punishment unless you know that the punishment is disproportional to the crime. And since you don’t know what he did or how long the punishment will last, you cannot know that.

    (Don’t give a text now on hell being eternal – Firstly, you need to insure that this is not another Greek or Hebrew word for a different concept, translated to English in a way that sound like the same thing. And suppose a certain concept of hell does exist eternally, it still does not mean those who land there will stay there eternally. The mere fact that a city have existed for 200 years, and you were in the city, doesn’t mean you were there 200 years. That is what I meant by conflating.)

  • Nightshade

    Thank you for your answer. You’re right about reading into the Bible what we already think we know, it’s very difficult not to be influenced by what we’ve been taught all our lives. Gives me a different perspective to consider at the very least, and I appreciate that.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Have you ever read ‘The Jerome Conspiracy’ by Michael Wood? The idea of Hell is even less biblical than most of us imagine.

    However, I was referencing the True Christian™ belief system more than what the Bible actually says. My understanding is that they DO endorse that Eternal Torture in the Afterlife for all atheists, Pagans, and liberal Christians.

  • gimpi1

    I thought that too, Retha. Great minds…

  • guest

    And this is the problem for women stuck in patriarchy. They fear God’s disapproval so much that they keep siding with their husband/patriarch even if it means getting into trouble with the law or even breaking it. It’s sad.