3 women file reports against former Highlands Pastor Les Hughey, Scottsdale police say


Bree Burkitt, The Republic | azcentral.com

April 29, 2018

At least three of the women whose sexual-abuse allegations led to the resignation of a prominent Scottsdale pastor last week have filed reports with police.

Les Hughey stepped down as executive pastor of Highlands Community Church on Wednesday after being accused of victimizing teenage girls at California and Arizona churches from the 1970s through 1990s.

The complaints filed with Scottsdale police last week detail incidents women say occurred during Hughey’s time as a Scottsdale Bible Church youth pastor, from 1985 to 1996, according to Sgt. Ben Hoster.

Two of the women reported that Hughey groped their breasts or genitals during full-body massages, Hoster said. The third reported that Hughey asked her for a massage but did not assault her, he said.

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