Iowa Youth Pastor Touted by Bush Accused of Sex Abuse
Mike Hintz, youth pastor at First Assembly of God Church in Clive, Iowa, has
been arrested and accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16 year-old
female parishioner. Hintz and his wife, Sharla, Republicans and parents of
four, were showcased by Bush on his visit to Iowa October 5, 2004, while
campaigning during the recent presidential campaign. Church official said
they had heard rumors of possible abuse a few months before.
From the Des Moines Register 10/05/04:
Bush described the experience of a Clive family - Mike and Sharla Hintz and their children, ages 4 to 8 - to illustrate the benefits of the legislation he signed.
"Under all the tax relief we've passed, they saved about $2,800 last year. With this extra money, they bought a wood-burning stove to reduce their home heating costs," the president said.
"They also made home repairs and improvements. They took the family on a vacation to Minnesota. Next year when you get your check, you may want to come to Texas," he told them. "Without the tax bill I'm signing . . . the Hintzes would have paid $1,200 more in federal taxes next year." The credit would have fallen to $700.
Mike Hintz, youth pastor at First Assembly of God Church and a Republican, said afterward that he agreed with Bush: "Anytime you bring tax relief to taxpayers, they'll use it in a way that benefits the economy as a whole."