Former bishop charged with corrupting a minor

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Duane Youngblood, former bishop at Higher Call World Outreach Church in Homestead, was arrested Saturday and charged with one count of corrupting a minor.

A victim reported he was molested during church counseling sessions with Youngblood over the course of two-and-a-half years, before the sessions finally ended in 2011. In the criminal complaint, police detailed the assaults that took place in a back room and adjoining bathroom in Youngblood's office.

Youngblood reportedly told the victim, who was 16 when the sessions began, "We are not going to speak about this."

In 2008, he pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual assault after another victim came forward and revealed he sexually abused him in 2002. The former bishop told the boy, who was 15 at the time, to pray during a counseling session, then pulled down the boy's pants and assaulted him.

He was sentenced to serve one year of intermediate punishment and seven years probation. The judge also ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation and banned him from contacting the victim or any other children.


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