A children’s pastor raped two vulnerable teenage girls after grooming them on Facebook, a court heard today.
Timothy Storey, 35, allegedly led a ‘double life’ expounding Christian values of abstinence at St Michael’s Church in Victoria, central London, while targeting young girls from the congregation.
Storey began his ‘incremental, insidious’ grooming by sending the girls flattering messages on Facebook, jurors at Woolwich Crown Court heard.
He allegedly sent explicit sexual content including photographs of his penis and his manipulation of the women was so powerful one of them described him as ‘more influential than God’, jurors were told.
Storey is said to have bullied girls when they didn’t submit to his demands, telling one she ‘wasn’t worth wasting a condom on’.
Both alleged victims heard that Storey had been sending other girls sexual messages while he worked as a youth leader, but felt unable to reveal the full extent of his abuse, it is said.
They only contacted the police when they read a Daily Mail article about Storey’s convictions for other sexual offences against children under 16, jurors heard.
It detailed how the former Oxford theology student was convicted of seven counts of inciting children to engage in sexual activity and two counts of making indecent images of a child in May 2014.
The women, who cannot be named, had already reported Storey to the Church of England, but nothing seemed to be done, the court heard.
When the first alleged victim – now 25 – told Reverend Jeremy Crossley about the abuse, she said he didn’t appear to be taking notes, and said that they had to think about Storey’s ‘welfare and needs’, it is claimed.