Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pastor arrested
Church pastor arrested on sexual assault counts
By Rich Coleman (contact)

Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 | 10:07 p.m.

Revival Temple Church of God in Christ
Map data ©2010 - Terms of UseA church pastor was arrested Friday on five counts of sexual assault and six counts of open or gross lewdness against two teens, North Las Vegas Police said.

Billy Eckstine McCurdy, 57, pastor of the Revival Temple Church of God in Christ, 1601 North Tonopah Drive, was taken into custody at 1 p.m. Friday at his home in North Las Vegas without incident, police said.

The alleged victims say they were forced into a sexual relationship with McCurdy, police said. They allege he used his position in the church and biblical scriptures to control them and force them into sex acts, police said.

Police said McCurdy spent a great deal of time with young people, including on youth trips to Arizona and California.

Police said he conducted events at his home with young men, including sleepovers, and allowed teenagers — two victims involved in the case, among them — to live with him for extended periods.

According to the criminal complaint, the alleged crimes happened between April 2007 and October 2009.

McCurdy was being held without bail at Clark County Detention Center.

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