Bonita pastor accused of embezzling money and inappropriate behavior

| March 14, 2010

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – Allegations of inappropriate behavior and embezzling money…all while a Pastor was supposed to be teaching a congregation to do the right thing. New evidence shows why Henry Judy's parishoners tossed this "man of God" out.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a member's claims that Judy, of Life Point Church in Bonita Springs spent tens of thousands dollars of church money on his own personal expenses. Now we learn another member alleges the inappropriate behavior may have continued into counseling sessions.

Letters, bank statements and copied checks… all evidence Deborah Adams-Bateman says, points to tens of thousand dollars that should've gone to the church. "He said he 'didn't touch the women, and didn't touch the money.' Well actually, he was touching the money," Adams-Bateman said.

She alleges Pastor Henry Judy would ask members of Life Point Church for money to help pay rent when according to the landlord, the church had been offered 4 months of free rent. Adams-Bateman says that money, placed in the church's Regions Bank account, often went towards Judy's personal rent and trips to places like Starbucks and Burger King.

"$4,800 in bounced check fees, $4,800 in bounced check fees. That was parishoners' money being squandered," she said.

It goes deeper than dollar signs. A female once counseled by the pastor wrote a letter, alleging he asked her inappropriate questions like, had she ever been "involved in threesomes" or "kissed a girl?" We called the phone number listed on Life Point's website, and sent a message through his personal blog. We went searching for Pastor Judy at both the old and new addresses of Life Point Church, but both times, the doors were locked and no one was inside.

We even visited both of his listed home addresses…but could not get ahold of him. Deborah says she's not in it for herself . She's in it for the entire congregation. Apparently he's gone through several churches throughout the state, and she doesn't want to see it happen again.

The girl who wrote that letter gave us permission to use it saying quote, "Whatever it takes to stop him." After closing last month, Life Point has now re-located to Bonita Beach Road.

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