Cambridge, MN Pastor Accused of Assault
Cambridge, Minnesota is a community that is known for a low crime rate, but this changed when Ryan Jay Muehlhauser, 55, and a pastor of Lakeside Christian Church was charged with eight counts of criminal sexual conduct and arrested.
What started out as two men looking for advice and comfort to relieve the pain that they were feeling turned into a horrific experience. Now the men allege that Muehlhauser assaulted them a total of eight times while counseling them about being homosexual.
Investigators say that Victim 1 was the one who reported the assaults. He said that he met Muelhauser a couple of years ago at an Outpost Ministries event. Outpost Ministries is geared toward helping men and women release themselves from the homosexual lifestyle.
Victim 1 said that he would be “blessed” by Muehlhauser. This blessing was done by Muehlhauser cupping the victim’s genitals over his clothing, asking the victim to become aroused. The victim said that Muehlhauser would call it “spiritual strength.” To receive even more “spiritual guidance,” Muehlhauser would have the victim take off his clothes and perform sexual acts on himself while the pastor would pray over him.
This took place for approximately two years.
Investigators have noted that Muehlhauser would groom his victims.
Victim 2 reported activities similar to those described by victim 1. He added that Muehlhauser told him that they would lose everything if he told anyone about their sessions. He noticed that the pastor had been extremely physical with him and victim 1. Victim 2 said he went along with the requests of the pastor because he was the minister and they looked to him for spiritual help.
While Muehlhauser has been arrested, he is not currently in custody and has declined making any public statements regarding the allegations.
Lakeside church, where Muehlhauser was the associate pastor for over two decades, said that they are deeply saddened by the allegations. They said they do not believe there has been any contact with minors and have encouraged individuals who may have information regarding the abuse of others at the hands of Muehlhauser to contact the Isanti County Sherff’s Office.
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