Ada Township publisher nixes book after pastor sex assault

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An undated still image taken from video of Memphis pastor Andy Savage. (WATN)

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A publisher based in Ada Township has canceled plans to print a book by a Tennessee pastor who admitted to sexually assaulting a teenager decades ago.

Christian publisher Bethany House and Baker Publishing Group announced the decision on Twitter Monday, a day after author Andy Savage confessed to the assault during a church service that was also posted on YouTube.

The victim said she was a senior in high school and 17 years old when Savage sexually assaulted her during a drive home from his church in Texas in 1998.

NBC affiliate WBBH reports the author’s request for forgiveness got a standing ovation from members of his Memphis megachurch. However, Nexstar affiliate WATN reported some church members were calling for Savage to step down.

Savage’s book, “The Ridiculously Good Marriage” was slated for release in July.