A 30-year-old man claiming to be a youth pastor has been accused of raping a young boy and threatening witchcraft to keep him silent on the matter.
Rex Allen Murphy of Kentucky, who works for the Polly Ann Church of God in Eubank, faces charges of first-degree sexual abuse,use of a minor under 18 in a sexual performance, and third-degree sodomy, a Class D felony, according to the Commonwealth Journal.
The 16-year-old victim told Eubank police that Murphy made sexual contact with him. The alleged abuse took place over a six-month period, incidents occurring both at the victim’s home and the church.
“The victim stated that the suspect told him on numerous occasions that by brushing his skin or shaking his hand…he could tell his sins by the power he has. He comes from family of warlocks,” Eubank Chief of Police Colin Hatfield said. “He was very scared, because the suspect, in the victim’s eyes, had been threatening his life in the form of Wicca, witchcraft, black magic.”
When confronted by police, Murphy stated that he hoped to help the boy in battling homosexuality, as he, too, had “experimented with homosexuality.” Hatfield said Murphy did eventually confess to the allegations.
A pastor at the Polly Ann Church of God told WKYT that Murphy had only been a Sunday school teacher, and was working to deal with the situation internally. He also insisted that there was no reason to believe the abuse took place on church property.
Police have reason to believe there may be additional victims, and urge anyone with information on the issue to call Eubank Police at 606-425-1490.