Posted September 5th 2018
(PHOTO: REVEREND ERNEST ANGLEY, GRACE CATHEDRAL)
REVEREND BROCK MILLER
A former associate pastor at Grace Cathedral in Cuyahoga Falls filed a lawsuit last month over his claims that the Rev. Ernest Angley sexually abused him.
WOIO (Channel 19) reported on its website that the suit was filed in Summit County Common Pleas Court by the Rev. Brock Miller, who discussed graphic details of his experiences with Angley in an emotional 2½-hour interview with the Beacon Journal last December.
Miller told the Beacon Journal he was sexually abused by Angley on and off for nine years and resigned in July 2014 after telling his family that he could no longer deal with Angley’s behavior.
He approached the newspaper in 2017 after repeatedly declining to be interviewed about his experiences with the renowned televangelist. A Beacon Journal investigative series in 2014 had brought Miller’s ordeal to light as well as other questionable practices by Angley, who turned 97 earlier this month.
“It took me these three years to heal and be ready to talk, but thank God I’m in a good place now,” Miller had said in an email. “I need this closure. I want others to know the truth so that they can escape and find freedom as I have.”
In the interview, Miller said Angley forced him to undergo a vasectomy six months before his marriage in 2004 at age 19, and was subjected to inspection of his genitals and repeated questioning about the sexual details of his marriage.
Those claims are restated in the lawsuit filed this week, which seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Twinsburg lawyer Robert Pecchio is listed as Miller’s attorney.
The lawsuit says the plaintiff “suffered severe and permanent injuries, great pain of body and mind, mental anguish, and required psychological and medical treatment” as a result of Angley’s conduct and also was subjected to an unsafe work environment.
Miller has since moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and is now divorced.
Angley acknowledged inspecting the genitals of some of the men in his church, but denied any claims of wrongdoing in a 2014 interview with the Beacon Journal. He has declined through a church receptionist to be further interviewed since then. An attempt to reach Angley via telephone through Grace Cathedral was unsuccessful.