CRESCENT — A pastor charged with sexually abusing children said his congregation is supporting him and he has no plans to leave the church.
Edwin House, 71, was charged last week in Logan County District Court with five counts of lewd molestation. House and his wife, Lovenia, 64, ran a foster home for 25 years. She is charged with child neglect.
Both were arrested at home Dec. 30 and were released on bail Dec. 31.
Edwin House is accused of sexually abusing two 14-year-old girls in his home. Lovenia House is accused of not doing enough to protect the children.
One of the girls attempted suicide in July by overdosing on pills, court affidavits state. She told counselors she was molested by Edwin House and was depressed. She said the abuse started when she was 7, with the latest incident occurring when she was 9.
She told investigators Edwin House laid on top of her while she was sleeping and put his hand down her shirt. He also put his hands on her chest while she was in his car, she reported.
The girl was removed from the home and taken into protective custody, court records show.
Lovenia House told investigators her husband touched the girl’s chest to teach her how boys might act if she continued to dress provocatively.
A female foster child who lived with the couple from November 2003 to December 2004 told investigators Edwin House would lay on top of her after he tucked her into bed at night.
Edwin House said Wednesday that his church is aware of the allegations against him and his wife.