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Bible college president accused of sexually assaulting a teen boy during a flight

Dec 6, 2019

By Daniel Villarreal

Rev. Cornelius Tilton, the 65-year-old president of the Christian Bible College of Louisiana, has been charged with sexually assaulting an unnamed male 19-year-old theological seminary student on an international flight from Tel Aviv, Israel to Newark, New Jersey.

Tilton, who is married to a woman and has served as the pastor of the Irish Channel Christian Fellowship Church since 1988, was traveling as an unofficial guide and speaker with a student group.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the student alleges that while sitting next to Tilton on the November 30, 2019 flight, Tilton put his hand on the victim’s calf, touched his thigh, and began rubbing his genitals. Too shocked and scared to react, Tilton then placed the victim’s hand on his erect penis on top of his clothing.

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