Pastor who had sex with boys to “cure” them of being gay gets no jail time

An Iowa pastor who was arrested on 60 counts of suspected sexual exploitation of minors got zero jail time.

The pastor, Brent Girouex, believed that praying while having sex with the boys would cure them of being gay.  He’s admitted to having sex with four boys, but at least eight have come forward.

Girouex attempt to cure one boy between 25 and 100 times.

Uh huh.

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The next part, I’ll just quote the local news, KRMG:

Girouex is said to have told detectives “when they would ejaculate, they would be getting rid of the evil thoughts in their mind.”

So the guy gets a 17 year sentence. But instead of jailing him, the judge gave him sex offender treatment and probation.  The press reports that he’s not expected to do any jail time, provided he doesn’t violate his probation.

His wife is, understandably, a bit upset.  She also thinks the man should be sent to jail.

You think?

I can’t find out from any of the stories exactly what it means to be in sex offender treatment, and how long it goes for.

Of course, there’s the obvious question of whether this guy is a sex offender, or a sex offender and a total nutjob.

I think some judge has some ‘splainin’ to do.

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