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The Oklahoma woman, now in her 50s, said Morris abused her on multiple occasions from 1982 to 1987. The allegations, first publicized Friday in the religious watchdog blog Wartburg Watch, said the abuse happened in Oklahoma and Texas between 1982 and 1987. published a story Saturday the allegations.

Cindy Clemishire, Morris’ accuser, said Morris was already married with a child when their families met in 1981. does not typically name victims of sexual abuse, but Clemishire has allowed her name to be published.

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A statement reportedly sent to church staff by elders of Gateway posted to X said Morris “has been open and forthright a moral failure he had over 35 years ago.” According to the statement, Morris’ restoration process was closely administered by elders and included professional counseling.

Here are five things to know pastor Robert Morris following the sexual abuse allegations and the megachurch he founded:

Gateway Church is a nondenominational church that is “Bible-based, evangelistic, Spirit-empowered,” according to its website. Robert Morris founded Gateway in 2000 in the living room of Southlake home with just 30 .

Three years later, Gateway opened a 64,000-square-foot facility with a 600-seat auditorium in Southlake. A few years later, Gateway broke ground on its current Southlake campus, which features a 4,000-seat auditorium.

In 2016, Gateway added a campus in Dallas near Hillcrest Road and Churchill Way. It also operates campuses in Frisco, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Justin and Prosper and counts more than 100,000 active attendees, according to its website.

Morris has written numerous books including and his latest .

He also hosts a radio program, , that airs in more than 6,800 cities, according to its website. His television show, , airs on Trinity Broadcasting Network and Daystar and reaches 190 countries according to its website. In Dallas-Fort Worth, it airs on KDFW-TV (Channel 4) at 9:30 on Sundays, according to its website.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Morris was named to Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board. In 2020, Trump visited Gateway Church at its Dallas campus as part of a trip that included a fundraising dinner. Trump and senior administration officials spoke at the church several issues, including the George Floyd protests, the coronavirus pandemic and the racial disparities they exposed.

The presidential visit brought the national spotlight to the church.

At the time, Morris told he recently began to talk to ministers of different ethnicities, “and to hear the stories of these precious men and women of God of the racism and prejudice that they faced and that their families have faced, their parents, their grandparents, it will break your heart.”

In 2018, Morris received seven units of blood when he had to have several emergency surgeries, reported.