Affidavit: Cowboy pastor told abuse victim that he was ‘relieving stress’

Fort Worth Star-Telegram


FORT WORTH — A pastor at Cowboy Way Church in Alvarado, who is accused of molesting a teen boy several years ago, allegedly told the victim that it was his way of relieving stress “which helped him be a stronger pastor thereby bringing God to more people,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The encounters, the affidavit states, occurred at the Fort Worth home that Dan Haby Jr., then pastor of the now defunct Stockyard Community Church, shared with two ministers from that church.

The alleged victim, who police have said was 15 when the alleged abuse began, had volunteered at Haby’s church and frequently spent weekends at Haby’s home along with two other teen friends.

He told police that, at that time, he planned on becoming a minister himself and that Haby mentored him.

But while the other two teens would sleep in the living room, Haby soon invited the alleged victim to sleep in his room on a mattress he had put on the floor next to his bed, the affidavit states.

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