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Former Pella pastor accused of sex abuse

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PELLA (KWWL) -- A former pastor has been accused of persuading or forcing members of his congregation to have sex with him during counseling sessions in the basement of his Pella home.

Court records say Patrick Edouard is charged with three counts of sexual abuse and three of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist.

Edouard was arrested Wednesday, and released Friday on bond from a Marion County jail.

F. Montgomery Brown, Edouard's attorney, says the former pastor denies the allegations.

The alleged crimes occurred from 2003 to 2010.

Edouard quit his job at Covenant Reformed Church in Pella after the women reported the crimes to church elders, who then confronted him.

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