MANHATTAN -- A judge ruled Thursday that a man who was
allegedly molested years ago by a Manhattan minister will be
allowed to testify at the minister's trial, where he will face
charges that he molested a teen-age boy.
Brian N. Savage, of Manhattan, was bound over for trial in
July. He faces two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy, two
counts of criminal sodomy, two counts of aggravated indecent
solicitation of a child and one count of aggravated indecent
liberties with a child.
According to court records, Savage, 44, met the
then-13-year-old victim at the Seventh Day Adventist church in
Manhattan where Savage was a pastor and the victim attended.
Savage took on a fatherly role, according to court documents.
relationship developed, Savage began engaging in sexual acts
with the boy, the records say. In at least one instance,
Savage gave the boy $100 for oral sex. Some of the molestation
took place at the church.
Court records say Savage and the boy traded e-mails in
which Savage wrote, "You are like a son to me," and signed
them, "Love Dad."
On Thursday, Judge Paul Miller ruled he will allow a
witness to testify about other acts of molestation allegedly
committed by Savage. The man, who was 13 when he was allegedly
molested, is now 23.
Court documents say the other man met Savage at the Enid,
Okla., Seventh Day Adventist church where Savage was pastor.
Savage invited the boy to live with him and Savage soon began
molesting him, records say.
In court, Brenda Jordan, assistant Riley County attorney,
argued the other man's testimony would be important in the new
"In both situations, the defendant utilized his position as
the pastor of the church to target a young boy who he would
then befriend and begin to abuse sexually," Jordan wrote in
Also, because the older victim is now active duty military,
Jordan asked that he be allowed to give a sworn deposition
before the trial in the event that he is overseas and unable
to testify during the trial. The judge granted that motion.
The judge denied a defense motion filed by Savage's
attorney, Barry A. Clark, of Manhattan, seeking to suppress
evidence gathered during a search of Savage's home. The search
was prompted when the alleged victim's mother became concerned
about her son's relationship with Savage, court records said.
During the search, authorities found sexually explicit
pictures of young men engaging in sexual activity. They also
seized Savage's computer, which contained e-mails Savage
traded with the teenager.
According to court records, in one e-mail intercepted by a
detective, Savage wrote: "I know you can use a computer and
can read. Do you still know how to write? Please tell me
something, anything. I love you a lot. It's hard for me to
hear nothing back and wonder if you still love me."
A trial is set to begin in Riley County District Court on
Jan. 15. Savage faces related charges for other acts of
molestation with the same victim in Geary and Pottawatomie
counties. A trial is set to begin in Pottawatomie County on
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