Scottsdale Pastor Les Hughey resigns from Highlands Church after sex abuse allegations


Bree Burkitt, The Republic |

April 26, 2018

A Scottsdale pastor accused of sexually abusing multiple teenage girls while working at churches in both California and Arizona resigned Wednesday, according to Highlands Community Church officials.

Les Hughey, who is the founder of north Scottsdale church, has been on a leave of absence since Sunday after four women told The Modesto Bee he had victimized them while he was working as a youth pastor at a Modesto, Calif., church in the 1970s.

Two more women later came forward and told The Arizona Republic Hughey sexually assaulted them when he served as youth pastor at Scottsdale Bible Church in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In a written statement provided to The Republic Wednesday night, Brendan Anderson, associate pastor of worship and communication at Highlands, said Hughey’s resignation was effective immediately.

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