SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)-- Disturbing details of sex abuse allegations against a popular Scottsdale pastor are being revealed for the first time in a 100-page report that Scottsdale police recently submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Last year, several women reported that Pastor Les Hughey had sexually abused them when they were younger, while they were part of his youth group at Scottsdale Bible Church.

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According to the report, the accusers said Hughey had a “culture of playing favorites” and everybody wanted to be part of his "in crowd." But that fitting in usually came with an invitation to his van during mission trips, which took place around the state and the country.

They said the van had a bed, and Hughey would always ask for massages-- only from teen girls, the report said.

Several of the women said Hughey would direct them to “massage his butt,” and he would eventually “massage the side of their breasts” and, sometimes, touch their groin area over their clothes, according to the report.

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One woman said in the report that when she confronted Hughey about what he did, he said “love covers a multitude of sins."

Another woman said that Hughey whispered in her ear, “You're [going to] have no problem finding a husband because you have such a beautiful body,” while they were at a watering hole.

Several of the women said they used to babysit Hughey’s children at his home, where he would also engage in massages after his wife went to sleep, according to the report.

All of the women said they were told by Hughey that this behavior was normal because he called massages "the Christian version of sex."

Arizona’s Family went to Hughey's listed address in Phoenix to ask him about these disturbing details, but nobody came to the door.

We spoke to the attorney representing five of his accusers, who said they're considering legal action.

As of Wednesday, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office has not filed official charges against Hughey.

Last year, Hughey was first accused of sexual abuse by four women when he was with a church in Modesto, California, during the 1970s. When that story broke, Hughey issued a statement, calling those relationships in California consensual and saying, in part, "I sinned and harmed the most important relationships in my life."

After that, several women in Arizona came forward to share their stories, Scottsdale police said.

Hughey was asked to take a leave of absence from Highlands Church in Scottsdale, which he founded after all the alleged incidents. He's no longer listed as a staff member.

None of the alleged incidents happened at Highlands. The report sent to the county attorney only deals with Hughey's activities with Scottsdale Bible Church.

Jill Hoekstra, the communications director at Scottsdale Bible Church released a statement on Thursday.

"SBC values getting to the truth, and throughout the last year, we have been intentional in our cooperation with Scottsdale Police to make sure that the truth is indeed brought to light.

"We care about any and all who have been a part of SBC over the years and we want to do whatever we can to ensure that the truth about Les Hughey’s actions is discovered and heard.

"We grieve for those who have been victimized and betrayed. We are also glad this darkness has come to light. The survivors and victims need this."


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If priests made what Micheal did he would have had a ranch, kiddy rides, guards and a three start bedroom hee hee. [scared]


With predators like this. His and the rest of these perverts that commit these crimes should have their c-0ck and nu+s placed on a tree stump and smashed with a 10 lb sledgehammer.

Big Rich

What happened to my post? All I said was that it was usually the Christ'ers doing this stuff....


Thank God I'm an Atheist.

Big Rich

It's almost always the Christ'ers doing this stuff....religion should be banned.


Some individuals are incorrigible. This "pastor" is one of them. Too bad the young ladies waited so long to report him. Massage my a $ $. Oh wait, that's what he asked the girls to do....


Religion is the root of evil and degenerates period.

Big Rich

You got that right......


This smells like religion 101 to me. What a farse religion is.


"In crowd?" If a pastor for a church resorts to that kind of thing when it should be everyone in the congregation in the in crowd, no favorites whatsoever. Poor girls, I wish there would have been someone there to help you during those times. You deserve much more and he appears to deserve nothing.


I don't get it.
What's the point? when wrong actions happen, THAT is the time to address them. Not nearly 40 years later.

Agustus Gloop

Hey Les!!!!!
When did you report your sexual abuse?


I agree, Les.



Rico Rush

Well Les. I think it is time to realize that when religion is involved it is easy to maniuplate the circumstance for those who are weak minded. Unrelated, but after watching Abducted in Plain Sight I now realize weak minded people will fall into these religious...... let's call it what it is "cults" and believe practically anything that is said by the higher authority. The fear is what keeps the silence. And for those religious folks out there reading this do not be offended, because there is a trend with this connection between religious leaders abusing their power for their own perverted takings.


Typical white male Repuglikkklan behavior...say one thing do another and then do another thing when no one's around...pervs in the house of God, government.. all bases covered huh??! Disgusting.

nuusmaan of god? Which god?


house of the golden staff. They didn't stop him and they didn't open their mouth until it was popular to be abused. Pathetic.

Agustus Gloop

When did you report your sexual abuse?

Agustus Gloop

Hey MyOwnMind!!!!!
When did you report your sexual abuse?


I'm a male conservative. I left the left because of its steadily increasing degeneracy. Hardcore leftists have been increasingly publicly degenerate with their behavior and normal leftists who don't like it never speak up. Bunch of wimps.

At least with this guy, you can bet on his fellow conservative Christians condemning his behavior.

Agustus Gloop

Hey Fritz!!!!!!\
You should try leading, not following.


So basically you cant a woman or get laid is what you saying.


Sh*ttyBear - Shut your filthy racist mouth up you sh*t bag bigot.

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