Wayne Besen at Truth Wins Out reported today that Christopher Austin, an ex-gay counselor and founder of Renew Ministries of Irving, Texas, was convicted of sexually assaulting a client, a second degree felony of “unlawfully, intentionally and knowingly caused penetration of [pseudonym Stephen Trask].” He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but received seven years probation and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine. He is also required to register as a sex offender.
In addition to running Renew Ministries, Austin was a member of the National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). He even held a seminar at NARTH’s 2004 convention, despite being accused of sexual assault by another client 2001 according to Ex-Gay Watch. Also, Ex-Gay Watch reports that despite the conviction, Austin is still answering the telephone as “Dr. Austin, Counseling Center.”