Author Amy Lavalley

Three members of a South Haven church face multiple charges related to child sexual abuse after a youth leader allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy; a woman reportedly had a sexual relationship with a different 15-year-old boy; and the church’s pastor allegedly failed to report either case to authorities, according to court documents.

The Porter County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges Thursday against Jeffrey McGehee, 30, of Portage, the youth leader, and Randy Westmoreland, 52, of Portage Township, the pastor of the Church of Jesus Christ, 791 Juniper Road. Neither was in custody Friday afternoon, according to online court records.

McGehee is charged with felony counts of sexual misconduct with a child; vicarious sexual gratification; child solicitation; and possession of child pornography. Westmoreland faces two misdemeanor counts of failure to report child abuse.

Valarie Clabaugh, 29, of South Haven, was charged with one felony count of sexual misconduct with a child; those charges were filed at the end of May. According to online court records, Clabaugh was released on $3,000 bond earlier this month.

According to court documents, McGehee’s alleged relationship with the boy took place between Jan. 1, 2017, and Jan. 18 of this year. Police learned of the relationship after being forwarded a report from the state’s Department of Child Services, because that agency was going to investigate.

McGehee runs a summer youth camp for the South Haven church and sister churches, according to the document, and the boy attended the camp as well as playing in the church band with McGehee.

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