Ryan Muehlhauser, Cambridge pastor, allegedly sexually abused men seeking ex-gay therapy

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Muehlhauser's church issued a statement expressing sadness about the allegations and asking any other victims to contact authorities.
Ryan Muehlhauser, the 55-year-old senior pastor at Lakeside Christian Church in Cambridge, faces eight felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly sexually assaulting two young men who were seeking ex-gay therapy.

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Muehlhauser, a pastor at Lakeside since 1989, is accused of sexually assaulting the men at least eight times from 2010 through October 31 of this year.

The two alleged victims were taking counseling through Outpost Ministries, an organization that works with men and women trying to "break away from the gay lifestyle," according to its website.

From the Isanti County News:
One of the alleged victims met with authorities Nov. 4 and said Muehlhauser would minister and mentor him, and help him through his "homosexual tendencies."

[Victim one] said on multiple occasions Muehlhauser would place his hands on his genital area and call the sexual occurrences "blessings."...

On at least one occasion, Muehlhauser said he didn't want people to see [he and victim two together] because they wouldn't understand. Muehlhauser also said he would "lose everything" if anyone found out what they were doing together.

[Victim two] said he went along with the acts because Muehlhauser was his minister and spiritual advisor.
KARE provides more details about victim one's allegations:
Muehlhauser asked the victim to arouse himself in front of him and called it, the victim said, "spiritual strength."

The victim also reported that Muehlhauser would have him strip naked for more "spiritual guidance" and have him masturbate while Muehlhauser prayed over him.
After being arrested, charged, and making his first court appearance Tuesday, KARE reports that Muehlhauser posted bail and was back at home on Lakeside's property yesterday evening. His next court appearance is scheduled for December 12.

Each of the eight charges Muehlhauser faces carries a maximum of ten years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Assistant Isanti County Attorney Stacy St. George told the Isanti County News that prosecutors will seek a stiff penalty.

"Mr. Muehlhauser preyed on these young men during a time when they've been rejected by their friends, family and religion," St George said. "These young men trusted him with their deepest thoughts and vulnerable feelings and the defendant used his power to sexually abuse them for two years."


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Smokescreen7
Smokescreen7

I have known this man for almost ten years and he would never do such a thing. These young men were probably pist off because they wanted Ryan but he denied them so they made up stories. I have seen and met some off these guys and this is exactly what they would do. Ryan is an innocent man and strong in his faith. It is easy now a days to accuse someone of something and the end result of someone getting in trouble for something they didn't do. 

vanilla.twist
vanilla.twist

one doesn't abused men who are trying to "break away from the gay lifestyle" , they just have gay sex with them....Obamatard 101

anameinheaven
anameinheaven

Just for the record: A Name In Heaven Ministries With Rickie Bartlett is not an Ex-Gay ministry.

anameinheaven
anameinheaven

Did Michele Bachmann  just call me a con artist?

mox44
mox44

Classic pastor!

mark.gisleson
mark.gisleson

Well, he wasn't a Catholic priest, but on the other hand, these weren't young boys.

anameinheaven
anameinheaven

If anyone, anywhere, world wide is in need of gay counselling they need to see A Name In Heaven Ministries With Rickie Bartlett on Youtube Channel: ANameInHeavenMin. You will not be abused or taken advantage of in any form. This is a safe venue for Lgbt children, teens and adults to obtain sound concrete facts about God and same gender issues. This is not a self loathing, or gay hating ministry. Love Rickie Bartlett 

philbo
philbo

Ha Ha. Stiff penalty

theoko
theoko

Wow- can anyone conceive of an article that would make Marcus Bachmann even more zealous about offering ex-gay therapy?

Kieron
Kieron

 @anameinheaven if the shoe fits, honey, wear it.  A sparkling red number with a low heel, if you get my drift.

keny1
keny1

 @theoko Marcus may be an idiot, but he has never been accused of molesting anyone.  Just because certain people have beliefs that differ from yours, does not give you the right to make false accusations.  You are supposedly from the party of  "Tolerance".  Just because someone has different viewpoints that you do, and you mock and ridicule them for their beliefs, just shows what a hypocrite that you are.  If a gay man or woman is unhappy with their life (and if they feel that their homosexuality is the root cause of their problems and they CHOOSE to seek therapy, who the fuck are you to judge them or those who offer services to them?). This guy is obviously a sexually demented fucktard who used his power to get his rocks off.  Well, guess what?  He will probably do prison time for this.  But to tie this in with Marcus Bachmann (who offers the same type of therapy, but has not been accused of anything illegal or immoral) just shows what an idiot you are.  Do a google of the definition of "Hypocrite".  See, all is better now. 

Kieron
Kieron

 @keny1  "Just because someone has different viewpoints that you do, and you mock and ridicule them for their beliefs, just shows what a hypocrite that you are."  And you, keny1, are completely compassionate and tolerant toward other viewpoints.  Right.  I see it now.

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