December 21, 2014

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Second Westlake pastor pleads not guilty to sex crime

Jordan Endrei

Jordan Endrei

ELYRIA — A 26-year-old pastor at Church on the Rise in Westlake pleaded not guilty Thursday to an unlawful sexual conduct with a minor charge in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

Jordan Endrei is accused of having sexual relations with the then-14-year-old girl between June 2010 and June 2011 in Avon.

His father, Paul Endrei, the 53-year-old senior pastor at the church, also faces criminal charges for allegedly molesting the same girl beginning in 2005. He allegedly also had sexual contact with the girl in 2009, 2010 and 2013 and had sexual relations with her while he was in a position of authority over her in 2013.

The elder Endrei faces two counts of sexual battery and four counts of gross sexual imposition.

Defense attorney Jack Bradley, who represents both men, has said his clients deny any wrongdoing.