VALPARAISO — Two leaders of a South Haven church are facing charges relating to alleged sexual misconduct with minors, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Thursday.
Jeffrey Michael McGehee, 30, of Portage, youth leader of the Church of Jesus Christ, 791 Juniper Road, is facing felony charges of sexual misconduct with a minor, vicarious sexual gratification, child solicitation and possession of child pornography.
Randy Westmoreland, the church's pastor and McGehee's father-in-law, is facing two misdemeanor charges of failure to report for attempting to cover up the incidents and telling the victims and other church members to remain silent.
According to the charging documents, McGehee is accused of sending naked pictures and videos of himself to a then-15-year-old boy. He also is accused of soliciting nude photographs and videos of the teen, engaging in kissing and touching and offering the teen alcohol. The activity took place for approximately a year beginning in January 2017, the documents state.
Authorities said the victim told investigators "that this touching made him uncomfortable, but he just accepted it."
The boy also told investigators he was told to keep quiet about his relationship with McGehee by Westmoreland and others, according to the charging documents. He also told investigators McGehee "used to be gay" and was away in rehab. He said McGehee set up a private Snapchat account to exchange photos and videos.
Westmoreland is charged with failure to report in this case and in the case of the alleged abuse of another 15-year-old boy by Valerie Clabaugh, 29, of South Haven, who is also a member of the church. Clabaugh was charged last week with having sex with the teen and faces a felony count of sexual misconduct with a minor.
The documents also states that others in the church, including McGehee's wife and father, were aware of the incidents and that similar incidents happened when McGehee was at another church in Tennessee. McGehee also allegedly runs a youth camp in the summer months for the church and other sister churches. The boy and McGehee also play in a church band together, according to the documents.
McGehee's father allegedly spoke to members of the church and asked for prayers for his son, documents state. He also told them that his son had checked himself into a "facility for help."
The court documents also state that the victim in the McGehee case had come to Westmoreland "with a concern" in early 2017 and Westmoreland became furious that the two were talking.
"Pastor Randy advised that Michael has had problems (homosexual activity, which is a sin in their religion) in the past," document state, and that Westmoreland preaches weekly against homosexuality.
Westmoreland also told investigators he told McGehee "not to attempt to make (the victim) gay."
As of Thursday afternoon, Westmoreland and McGehee were not in custody.