February 12, 2005

Local church leaders accused of misusing their power


Reported by Katherine Boyd
POSTED: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 9:41:50 AM
UPDATED: Friday, February 11, 2005 11:58:48 AM

CLEVELAND -- We’ve heard the stories of religious leaders using their positions to take advantage of children, but there’s another problem that’s gaining national attention.

It happens when ministers abuse their power and trust by having adulterous affairs with women they’re counseling.

Two local ministers are facing those accusations right now. We look at these allegations of clergy sexual misconduct and how these secret seductions have tested the faith of two separate congregations.

Back in 1999, a Sunday morning service at Willo-Hill Baptist Church in Kirtland had nearly 800 people packed in the pews to hear the Rev Gary Coiro preach.

“I now give my personal treasure of gold and silver for the temple of my God,” Coiro said at the service.

Posted by kshaw at February 12, 2005 11:01 AM