Westlake pastor accused of molesting 14-year-old pleads guilty to endangering children

Published: Oct. 17, 2016 at 3:43 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2016 at 3:59 PM EDT
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WESTLAKE, OH (WOIO) - A Westlake pastor accused of sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl plead guilty to endangering children Monday.

Pastor Paul Endrei, who was the founding pastor at Church on the Rise, was arrested in June of 2014 and charged with two counts of sexual battery and four counts of gross sexual imposition. He is still listed as working at the church on their website, and recently gave a sermon on Oct. 9.

Authorities accused Endrei of molesting a 14-year-old girl beginning in 2005 and continuing in 2009, 2010 and 2013. Endrei initially denied the charges and said he planned to fight them in court.

His son, an assistant pastor, was also accused of molesting the same 14-year-old girl. However, the charge against him has been dismissed.

In 2003, a janitor at Endrei's church was beaten by three men who fled after yelling, "This is a message for Pastor Paul." No official motive was ever released, but Endrei said at the time he believed it was in retaliation to a sermon in which he called homosexuality a sin.

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Endrei will be sentenced on Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m.

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