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Christian boot camp pastor accused of dragging girl behind a van

This is the faith-based version of tough love.

The director of a Christian boot camp and an employee were arrested Friday for allegedly dragging a 15-year-old girl behind a van after she fell behind the group during a morning run, authorities said.

Charles Eugene Flowers and Stephanie Bassitt of San Antonio-based Love Demonstrated Ministries, a 32-day boot camp, were arrested on aggravated assault charges for the alleged June 12 incident.

The two are accused of tying the girl to the van with a rope then dragging her, according to an arrest affidavit filed Wednesday by the Nueces County Sheriff’s Department.

A witness to the dragging said that she saw the victim being pulled along by Flowers in the van on her stomach at least three times. 

Flowers refers to himself as “the commandant.”

BTW, the camp has been hailed in the past by the White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

One of the coalition partners, Love Demonstrated Ministries (LDMI), is a faith-based organization which focuses on youth offenders, gang members, and high risk youth. Over the past three years, 135 of 165 young offenders entering its Life Skills and Parenting Camp have graduated from LDMI, a success rate of 82 percent.

Is part of the “success” abusing young people in its care?

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