Fourth sex suit against pas­tor

Los Angeles Times - - National Briefing - GE­OR­GIA

A fourth young male mem­ber of Bishop Ed­die Long’s At­lanta-area megachurch is su­ing the prom­i­nent pas­tor, say­ing Long co­erced him into a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship.

The law­suit was filed by Spencer LeGrande, a mem­ber of New Birth Char­lotte. New Birth Char­lotte is a satel­lite church run by Long in Char­lotte, N.C.

The law­suit said Long told LeGrande “I will be your dad” and in­vited the 17-yearold to travel to Kenya with him in 2005. LeGrande said that Long gave him a sleep­ing pill on that trip and that the two en­gaged in sex­ual acts.

The com­plaint, filed in DeKalb State Court, comes af­ter three other men filed law­suits this week say­ing Long abused his spir­i­tual author­ity, when they were 17-and 18-year-old church mem­bers, to se­duce them with cars, money, clothes, jew­elry, in­ter­na­tional trips and ac­cess to celebri­ties.

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