Ga. Pastor's Boys Carried 'Sex-Check' Card

Fourth man files suit; Long expected to break silence tomorrow
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2010 8:39 AM CDT
Ga. Pastor's Boys Carried 'Sex-Check' Card
In this Jan. 18 2007 file photo, Bishop Eddie Long, of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, in Lithonia, Ga.   (AP Photo/Gene Blythe, File)

A fourth man is suing Bishop Eddie Long for sexual impropriety, reports the AP, even as new details emerge of the young men's program Long allegedly used to groom sex partners. Spencer LeGrande, now 22, filed suit yesterday, claiming Long told him "I will be your dad"—then slipped him an Ambien on a 2005 foreign trip and engaged in sexual acts. LeGrande says Long convinced him the relationship was "a healthy component of his spiritual life," but that he ended it last year after becoming "disillusioned."

The lawsuit comes as the AP delves into the LongFellows Youth Academy, a rigorous youth academy meant to keep young men out of trouble. Participants in the four-month program were required to run two miles in 15 minutes, study interest rates, work a job, and carry a "SEX Self-Check Card"—on which they wrote their ambitions, a Bible verse, and "3 things you could be doing instead of having sex." LongFellows was "a place where the bishop could learn the intimate details about these young men," says an attorney who filed claims against Long. (More Bishop Eddie Long stories.)

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