Traverse City Pastor Accused of Sexual Assault, Drug Crimes

A Traverse City pastor is accused of sexual assault and drug crimes.

Troopers began investigating Christopher Cox in March after a 19-year-old told them he had been sexually assaulted.

The victim told troopers Cox had contacted him on Facebook and lured him to his office with a promise of crystal meth. 

According to troopers, the victim says Cox did give him meth, but also gave him GHB, which is a common date rape drug.

The victim told troopers that he was then sexually assaulted by Cox.

Troopers say the victim was taken to Munson medical Center for examination, where evidence supporting his statements were found.

Troopers executed a search warrant at Cox’s house on March 18, where they say they seized several electronic devices along with crystal meth, GHB, digital scales and packaging materials.

On March 22, troopers say they were able to talk to a second victim, who reported nearly identical allegations as the first victim, and also said Cox threatened him not to report it.

Cox was arrested in Muskegon on March 29. Troopers say he had suspected crystal meth with him at the time.

He’s now charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of possession with intent to deliver meth.

Troopers say there could be more victims. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Michigan State Police Cadillac Post at (231) 779-6040.