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Teen Boy Accuses Christian Bible College President Of Fondling His Genitals On Flight


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The Rev. Cornelius Tilton, a longtime pastor, businessman and president of the Christian Bible College of Louisiana, has been charged with sexually assaulting an unnamed 19-year-old male student at a theological seminary on an international flight from Tel Aviv, Israel to Newark, New Jersey, the Department of Justice announced Monday.

Tilton, who is a married great-grandfather and has served as the pastor of the Irish Channel Christian Fellowship Church since 1988, was traveling with a group of students from a religious trip to Israel back to New Jersey, according to the complaint.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the 65-year-old sat in a window seat next to the victim. The complaint noted that at some time during the flight, the pastor placed his hand on the student’s bare calf before moving his hand up to the victim’s thigh and eventually began rubbing the student’s genitals over his shorts.

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The victim allegedly did not react or look at Tilton at this point out of shock and fear.

Tilton then took the student’s hand and placed it on his erect penis, on top of his clothing.

The victim then tried to end the encounter by getting up from his seat to go to the bathroom. But Tilton followed him there, according to the complaint.

When they returned to their seats Tilton continued touching the student’s lower back under his clothing and attempted to place his hands down the student’s pants when the victim blocked his hand with his elbow. That’s when the teen reported the assault to a flight attendant.

A court document filed by an FBI agent says Tilton “knowingly engaged in sexual contact… with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, [and] degrade” his teenage victim.

If found guilty, Tilton could face two years in prison and/or a be fined of up to $250,000.

“The person that I know, he was a pastor of the Irish Channel Community Church. A very sweet person. You know, if you go to him and you need anything, if he can help, he would,” Marline Young whose her mother worked closely with Tilton as one of Irish Channel Christian Fellowship’s board members, told the network. “I’m just shocked and very hurt to hear something like this about him.”

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