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Son of local pastor pleads not guilty to sex charge

ELYRIA, Ohio — The son of a well-known local pastor joined his father in pleading not guilty to charges that he engaged in inappropriate conduct with a minor.

Jordan Endrei, 26, faces a single count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

His father, Paul, founder of the popular Church on the Rise in Westlake, entered not guilty pleas last week to two counts of sexual battery and four counts of sexual imposition regarding the same teenage girl.

The Endreis have denied all the allegations and said they hope the teen receives the counseling that they believe she needs.

Their attorney, Jack Bradley, says the teen has made troubling allegations in the past against others that turned out to be unfounded.

Lorain County Children Services investigated the allegations against the Endreis, along with the Avon Police Department.

Since it is a juvenile matter, Children Services could not comment about any evidence or on the allegations themselves beyond confirming that they are aware of the investigation and have co-operated with police during it.

The pretrial hearing for both Paul and Jordan Endrei is Friday.

Bradley says he hopes to learn soon if prosecutors have a witness, or DNA, or some evidence beyond the statement of the alleged victim.

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