Starting since back in 2007, Iowa pastor Brent Girouex, 31, began his violent campaign to “rape away the gay” of four teenage boys. Girouex reportedly explained his actions to police by saying, “when they would ejaculate, they would be getting rid of the evil thoughts in their mind.” Additionally, praying while he had sexual contact with his victims in an effort to keep them “sexually pure” for God.
Arrested in 2011 and charged with 60 counts of rape, Girouex had his 17 year sentence suspended by a judge this week, to “allow Girouex to get sex offender treatment and probation. Girouex’s probation will last five years — the maximum allowed by law.”
Girouex is a married father of four. As reported by KCCI, Girouex’s wife Erin, has said she believes probation is not enough. She has joined forces with the victims to say they are frustrated. She has also said victims of sexual misconduct should not be afraid to come forward, despite what happened in court this week. Since his confession, eight additional young men have admitted to being violated by the now-former pastor of Victory Fellowship Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
“I think what victims need in any situation is a sense of justice, and we didn’t have a sense of justice (Wednesday),” Baker said.
“If that’s what it takes to get him away from people, then yes,” said Erin Girouex. “I don’t want (my children) anywhere near him.”
Currently, Girouex has a court-ordered, twice-per-month visitation schedule, where he must be supervised by his own mother.
“We just encourage other victims that you have what it takes, you have a voice, and to come forward and to report what’s happened so it doesn’t happen ag ain,” Baker said.