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trial: Victim Jeremy Cook testifies
accused of abusing boys for decades in Montgomery Co.
On Monday, testimony began in the child sex abuse trial of Nathaniel Morales
The self-professed man of God was most recently preaching in Las Vegas.
However back in the late 1980s and early 90s, Morales was a well-respected member of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg.
Then in his
led youth bible studies, directed worship teams, and even attended sleepovers with the male teens he
It's alleged, Morales' abuse went undetected for years because he
exhumed trustworthiness and charm.
was charismatic, affable, the life of the party," the father of Victim #1 testified.
"Just one of those guys who walked in the room and people were surrounding him."
Morales joined Covenant Life Church in the mid-1980s.
spiritual life was growing, his
professional worth was taking a downward spiral.
was soon out-of-work, and terribly low on cash.
A fellow parishioner offered-up a room in his
home along Sunflower Drive in Rockville.
In Oct. 1989, Morales
accepted the offer, settling into the basement recreation room.
"You have to realize, Nate
was a powerful man, and I was a young boy.
Who were they going to believe," Cook explained.
"There was also a fear if this came out, I would lose all of my friends.
I didn't want the stigma and shame."
In 1992, Victim #1 garnered the courage to tell his
parents about the abuse.
Cook followed-suit in 1994, but by that time, Morales
, who's currently incarcerated, faces five felony counts of Sex Abuse Minor and Sex Offense Second Degree.
Nathaniel Morales trial: Victim Jeremy Cook testif...