WESTLAKE — The son of a northeast Ohio pastor accused of molesting an underage girl has been indicted on similar charges.
Lorain County court records say Jordan Endrei, 26, of North Olmsted was indicted on a charge of unlawful sexual contact with a minor. He was arrested Wednesday.
Jordan Endrei serves as an assistant pastor of Church on the Rise in Westlake, west of Cleveland.
The church’s senior pastor and Endrei’s father, Paul Endrei, 53,is facing charges including sexual battery and gross sexual imposition involving a child under 13.
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Both are free on bond. The church says they are adamantly denying the charges and will plead not guilty.
The Church on the Rise released a statement Thursday afternoon:
“Dear Church on the Rise Family,
As you may be aware from media reports, last Wednesday, May 28, a Lorain County Grand Jury indicted our Senior Pastor, Paul Endrei, on two counts of sexual battery and four counts of gross sexual imposition. Yesterday, June 2, his son, Assistant Pastor Jordan Endrei was also arrested and charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Pastor Paul and Jordan adamantly deny these troubling charges coming from one person, an adopted daughter, and are cooperating fully with investigators.
We want to keep you up to date on the case and are writing to let you know that they will enter not guilty pleas at their arraignments. We anticipate that the news media will cover the arraignment and you can expect to see news stories in print, on television and online. We will continue to be open and transparent with media covering the case going forward.
However, because this is a criminal case, we have to be very careful not to say anything that could jeopardize the investigation.
These are serious charges and, as you can imagine, this is a very distressing time for all of us at the Church on the Rise. We are grateful that so many of you expressed such strong support at last Sunday’s services. We will continue to do everything we can to support Pastor Paul and his family — including the accuser — and we ask you to join us in prayer for a just outcome in court. If you have any questions at all about this matter, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of the church elders. We will keep you informed as we learn more.
Fred Bobel Steven Stack Debbie Aiken
Chief Elder Elder Elder