Pastor accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a young man

Pastor accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a young man April 2, 2019

CHRISTOPHER Cox, above, pastor at Long Lake Church in Traverse City, faces charges of drugging and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old man at Cox’s business office in Garfield Township.

According to investigators, the alleged assault took place on March 14.  The victim claimed Cox had contacted him on Facebook and lured him to his office with a promise of crystal meth.

Investigators said the victim was provided meth by Cox, but the pastor also gave him GHB, a common “date rape” drug.

According to the victim, he was incapacitated by the drugs when he was sexually assaulted.

The man was taken to Munson Medical Center for an examination where evidence supporting his statements was found, according to police.

A couple days later, troopers searched Cox’s home and business office, which is not affiliated with a church.

Troopers said they seized several mobile devices, suspected crystal meth, GHB, digital scales and packaging materials during the search.

A search done by the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit (CCU) uncovered additional evidence. The CCU is continuing to examine all seized devices.

Second alleged victim

According to Michigan State Police, investigators were able to identify a second victim.

MSP said the 26-year-old man reported almost identical allegations as the first victim, but added that he was threatened by Cox not to report the event at the time it occurred.

Cox was located and arrested in the City of Muskegon last Friday.

During his arrest, Cox was found to be in possession of a packaged white crystalline substance suspected to be crystal meth, said police. Investigators said additional charges from Muskegon are possible.

On Monday Cox was arraigned on two counts of criminal sexual conduct first degree and one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. Cox’s attorney says his client has entered a not guilty plea on all charges and is maintaining his innocence.

The pastoris being held on a $100,000 cash surety bond.

According to police, there is no current evidence that his work at the church was involved in these incidents, but investigators believe his influence as a pastor may have played a role.

Due to the nature of this case and the fact that two victims have come forward, investigators believe that additional victims and witnesses may exist.

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  • Broga

    Ah well, there you go. That is another example of the Devil at work. Can anyone be a Pastor? Do you just say, “I am a pastor” and that is it. These Pastors seem to get lots of customers.

    I have often fancied being a hell fire preacher like Elmer Gantry: excellent book by Sinclair Lewis and terrific film with a great performance by Burt Lancaster

    One of the quotes I particularly like from the book: .“The Maker of the universe with stars a hundred thousand light-years apart was interested, furious, and very personal about it if a small boy played baseball on Sunday afternoon.”

  • PinochleofVirtue

    It makes sense to me. Whenever I want to score some meth the first person I contact is a pastor. /s

  • Raging Bee

    Cox’s defense: “Those kids came to me because I promised them drugs, so they can’t be trusted! And they took the drugs voluntarily!”

  • barriejohn

    We should feel sorry for this poor pastor who was so sorely tempted by the devil, and pray for him. He must have been a devout person to have been the target of such attention by the Evil One!

  • Jim Jones

    “Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make sell meth & GHB.”

  • Brian Curtis

    Today’s “Youth Pastor” title is just an update to yesterday’s unmarked van with no license plates.