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Second Westlake pastor facing sex charges


ELYRIA — A second pastor at Westlake’s Church on the Rise has been indicted on sex charges by a Lorain County grand jury.

Jordan Endrei, 26, is charged with a single felony count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Endrei, who is listed on the church’s website as assistant pastor, is the second member of the church’s leadership to be indicted in the past week on sex charges.

County Prosecutor Dennis Will said Endrei is the son of Paul Endrei, the senior pastor at Church on the Rise. The elder Endrei, 53, was arrested last week after being indicted on two counts of sexual battery and four counts of gross sexual imposition.

Jordan Endrei is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl between June 2010 and June 2011, Will said.

Paul Endrei is accused of molesting the same girl beginning in 2005, conduct that also occurred in 2009, 2010 and 2013, according to the indictment. He also is accused of having sexual relations with the girl in 2010 while he was in a position of authority over her.

Will has said Avon police launched an investigation last year after the victim reported the sexual contact.

A woman who answered the phone at Church on the Rise on Wednesday said the church had no comment on the latest indictment.

The church released a statement last week in which it identified the relationship between Paul Endrei and the alleged victim. The Chronicle-Telegram does not typically identify those relationships to protect the identity of sex crime victims.

“We pray that this troubled adolescent receives the help and counseling she needs,” the statement said. “The Church believes in our legal system and that the truth will come out.”

The statement also said that Paul Endrei maintains his innocence.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.

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