ADEL, Iowa (AP) -The trial continues for a former Pella pastor accused of sexually abusing four women from his congregation.
Patrick Edouard is charged with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse, and four counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist, school employee or clergy.
Thursday’s testimony revolved around the third and fourth alleged victims.
All four victims have now testified, saying the pastor that they trusted raped them. The defense maintains that they were all consensual affairs.
Patrick Edouard stared straight ahead in court Thursday, refusing to look at any of his accusers who took the stand.
The defense cross examined the third woman to allege that Edouard sexually abused her.
She testified that her relationship with Edouard began as a friendship when she sought counseling from him because of personal stress in her life.
“I think that my attraction to him was based on my need for his emotional support,” said the third accuser.
The woman said Edouard invited her to his home for a counseling session and while they were in his study, he forced her to have sex with him.
Defense attorney Angela Campbell argued that after that alleged rape, the woman continued a consensual sexual relationship with Edouard.
Campbell: “Later you admitted that even though you had been raped, you had a consensual relationship with him that involved oral sex.
Third accuser: “Yes.”
The defense also asked the accuser about a secret bank account she set up to give Edouard thousands of dollars, because he told her he was experiencing financial hardship and he needed her help.
“After that the contact lessened. I was absolutely furious with myself for giving him money and felt completely used,” said the third accuser.
Later, the fourth accuser took the stand. Also member of Edouard's congregation, she said her pastor befriended her, so much so that she felt comfortable opening up to him about the sexual abuse she experienced as a child.
“I felt very bonded to him at that point,” said the fourth accuser.
While at his home for dinner with his family one night, she said he took her in the basement and initiated sex.
“He was able to get my pants off, and my underwear off,” said the fourth accuser.
Prosecutor: “How did he do that?“
Fourth accuser: “Just by force.”
The alleged victim said that while she felt uncomfortable at first, the relationship turned into a one and a half year affair. She said Edouard told her he loved her, and she told him the same.
The trial will resume Monday because the judge has a hearing in Warren County on Friday.