February 14, 2005

Church, leader named in lawsuit

Pasadena Star-News

By Marshall Allen , Staff Writer

PASADENA -- Harvest Rock Church and its leader, Che Ahn, are being sued over their connection to a pastor accused of coercing men in his congregation into sexual relationships.

The pastor, James Stalnaker, 28, has since resigned from Gateway City Center Church in West Hollywood.

Stalnaker also is a defendant in the lawsuit. Stalnaker's former personal assistant identified in court records only as A.W., 22 filed the complaint last month in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The lawsuit claims A.W. engaged in unwanted sexual contact, including oral sex and fondling, with Stalnaker from September until December. Stalnaker is accused in the complaint of using "mind-control and brain-washing techniques' to perform sex acts with at least 10 other young men at the church.

The allegations against Stalnaker were never reported to the police, A.W. said in an interview.

Posted by kshaw at February 14, 2005 07:05 AM