Security Guard Accuses Anti-Gay Priest Of Sexual Assault After Catching Him Watching Gay Porn: Report





A 22-year-old security guard has alleged that a prominent New York City Catholic priest was watching gay porn on an office computer in the church rectory before he then forced himself on her and sexually assaulted her.

Father George William Rutler, a contributor for the Catholic media conglomerate Eternal Word Television Network, has denied the allegations.

“I strongly deny this allegation, which I maintain is incoherent and painful to my reputation and inconsistent with how I have conducted myself in 50 years of ministerial service without any -accusation of misbehavior,” the 75-year-old wrote in a letter to parishioners on November 20.

Contents of the letter were first reported by National Catholic Reporter.



The Archdiocese of New York said that Rutler has stepped aside from pastoral duties while authorities investigate. The church signage from December 1 and the website still list Rutler’s name and prominently feature his likeness.

The security guard, Ashley Gonzalez, claimed that on the early morning of Nov. 4, Rutler “looked at me with a smile, looked away, and he put his hand inside his pants, and he was playing with himself. He aggressively threw himself on me and grabbed me sexually, aggressively, and I was fighting him off of me.”

Rutler’s alleged attack came after Gonzalez used her cellphone to record footage of the pastor at a computer watching gay pornography.

“The 18-second footage, obtained by NCR, shows the back of a man sitting underneath a cluster of religious icons and portraits watching a computer screen depicting a man performing oral sex on another man,” NCR reports “The man seen watching the screen is seemingly bald, as is Rutler, although his identity could not be confirmed.”

Gonzalez told News 12 that Rutler was “like a monster,” describing the alleged attack on her second day during the job. The News 12 report also chronicles a series of texts Gonzalez sent to her mother saying she didn’t feel safe and that she was almost raped.

According to NCR, “Gonzalez filed a police report detailing how Rutler allegedly slammed the door of his office, preventing her from fleeing, and grabbed her before she managed to escape. According to Gomez, Rutler had invited Gonzalez to rest in his office in between her rounds of the church property. According to Gomez’s account, Rutler entered his office to check the election results and then switched over to viewing pornography. Gomez said that the cellphone video footage recorded by Gonzalez had been turned over to the police and sent to the New York Archdiocese and the Holy See.”

Joe Zwilling, communications director for the archdiocese, told NCR in an email that “Father Rutler’s case is currently in the hands of the District Attorney” and that the archdiocese is fully cooperating with the investigation.

Rutler has a long history of opposing LGBTQ rights. As a host on the faith-based Eternal Word Television Network, Rutler has criticized Pope Francis for his calls for embracing the LGBTQ community, blamed societal woes on “abortionists and sodomites,” and called gender equality “a homosexual vision of culture.”

Rutler is also the author of a weekly newsletter that is reprinted by Church Militant, a fringe far-right web site that includes segments alleging that homosexuals are waging warfare to persecute Catholics. Rutler has also spoken out against declining fertility rates in Europe, the increase of Muslim immigration to the West, and a decline in marriage.