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The Daily BeastJun 16, 2024
Trump's Spiritual Adviser Quasi-Confesses to Molesting 12-Year-Old Girl
Jonathan Ernst/ReutersThe pastor of one of the country's largest churches—and who Donald Trump once named as a spiritual adviser—has admitted to "inappropriate sexual behavior" with a woman who says he sexually abused her when she was just 12 years old.

On Friday, Cindy Clemishire told The Wartburg Watch, a religious watchdog blog, that Robert Morris, the pastor of Texas' Gateway Church, asked her to come into his room when he stayed with her family for Christmas in 1982. She was 12 and he was 20 at the time. She said Morris molested her and then ordered her not to say anything about his behavior "because it will ruin everything." The abuse continued for years before Clemishire confided in a close friend, prompting Morris' wife to find out and Morris to step down from the ministry, according to the report.

He eventually returned to the church and founded Gateway Church in 2000, turning it into one of the country's largest megachurches with an estimated weekly attendance of 100,000, according to the church. He serves as its senior pastor, prompting Trump to name him to a spiritual advisory board in 2016.

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