Former pastor charged with sexually abusing child

Published 6:01 pm Friday, October 24, 2014

A former Austin pastor is accused of sexually assaulting a child more than 20 years ago.

Gordon Larson, 62, faces three charges of first-degree sexual assault of a child in Waukesha County District Court in Wisconsin. He allegedly had inappropriate contact with the victim when he lived in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, from 1989 to 1994.

According to a court complaint, the victim told police last December that Larson abused her multiple times from the time she was 4 or 5 years old until she was 9 whenever they were alone in his office at the church or when she was sleeping. She allegedly stepped forward because she believes Larson is a pedophile and worried for other children’s safety around him.

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In 2011, Larson allegedly admitted to sexually abusing the victim but told her he never raped her, according to the complaint. In addition, Larson’s wife allegedly knew about Larson’s assaults but was praying they would stop and the victim would forget about them when she got older, according to the complaint.

Larson later admitted to police he had sexually assaulted the victim in 1990 but believed it only took place during a two- to three-month period and only recalled about six assaults. He described similar assaults the victim told detectives about and further stated he was “prepared to accept his punishment for these actions,” according to the complaint.

Larson was the pastor at Grace Baptist Church from 1995 to 2011. He also occasionally wrote columns for the Herald and volunteered for several community organizations, among other things.

He was charged in September. Larson’s next court appearance is Nov. 17.