Anti-Porn Crusader Arrested for Alleged Sexual Relations with Underage Girl

Anti-Porn Crusader Arrested for Alleged Sexual Relations with Underage Girl

Anti-pornography campaigner, Donny Pauling, has been arrested in California and charged with sexual relations with an underage girl.

Pauling was arrested earlier this month after a 16-year-old girl and her mother walked into the Sutter County, California, Sheriff’s Office and reported that Pauling had been having sexual relations with the girl since she was 13.

The alleged victim also told police that Pauling had sexual relations with a girl related to someone in the Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the girl had been living in the Pauling house. Moreover, the Sheriff’s Office said this was not the first time Pauling has been suspected of sex with underage girls. In 2010, he was investigated for having “inappropriate relationships with six other underage girls in Redding (California) but the case was never prosecuted.”

Pauling had spent years producing pornography, until he had a religious conversion, after which he became a much sought-after speaker about the pornography industry. He became a columnist at LifeSite News, a pro-life and pro-life family news site based in Canada.

Though most of his articles have been taken down, in a remaining LifeSite story Pauling described in great detail how he used to seduce women into acting in porn movies. One of his articles, now taken down, was about a woman named Mindy whom Pauling said he seduced into porn and who is now drug addicted and living on the margins of society. In the column, Pauling said he still hears from her and regrets his role in ruining her life.

Pauling told LifeSite that he became entranced by porn with the advent of the Internet and eventually started making his own porn, something that eventually cost him his marriage but netted him more than $50,000 during his first month as a full-time producer.

Eventually, Pauling, who was raised evangelical, came into contact with the XXXChurch that ministers to the porn industry. XXXChurch members attend porn conferences and help the girls set up their booths and do their make-up, all the while trying to coax them out of the porn life.

Earlier this year, Pauling was a featured speaker at the signature anti-porn conference sponsored by the group Morality in Media, where witnesses say Pauling wept as he recounted recruiting girls, many of whom he said he recruited for their underage looks.

Patrick Trueman, CEO of Morality in Media and a former federal prosecutor, told Breitbart News, “Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and this applies to our friend Donnie. … Donnie is also at a disadvantage because he is incarcerated and cannot defend himself.”

LifeSite News Editor-in Chief John-Henry Westin told Breitbart News:

Like everybody who has worked with Donny in raising awareness about the negative effects of pornography over the last several years, we were stunned by his arrest and the allegations that have been brought against him. For now, we are awaiting the outcome of the legal process before making any further statements. Out of sensitivity for the alleged victims, we have removed Donny’s articles from our website while the case is ongoing. We are praying for all who are involved in this sad case, and that truth and justice may prevail.

Pauling’s mother had posted a defense of her son on his Facebook page, but the post was taken down after a short time.  

Pauling has pleaded not guilty and is being held on $500,000 bail.


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