‘Ex-gay’ pastor charged with sexual abuse of young men
A Minnesota pastor who specialized in so-called “ex-gay” therapy has been charged with assaulting two men while counseling them about their “homosexual tendencies.” Ryan Jay Muehlhauser, 55, was arrested and charged on eight counts of felony sex abuse.
Investigators told NBC2 that one victim claims he met Muehlhauser two years ago at an event held by Outpost Ministries, an “ex-gay” group. The victim told police Muehlhauser “blessed” him by cupping his genitals several times. He asked the victim to arouse himself and said it was for “spiritual strength.” The victim also claims Muehlhauser would have him strip naked and masturbate while the pastor prayed.
The allegations span across several years; a second victim recently stepped forward and reporting similar activities. The victims told police Muehlhauiser threatened that they would “lose everything” if they divulged his abuse.