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A fourth young man alleges he had sexual relations with Bishop Eddie Long when he was a teenager.

Spencer LeGrande, named in a civil lawsuit filed Friday, claims he was 17 the first time the two had a sexual relationship while vacationing in Nairobi, Kenya.

LeGrande, of Charlotte, N.C., alleges that the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church pastor gave him an Ambien, a popular prescription sleep aid, followed by a “prolonged hug,” kissing and rubbing, according to the suit.

The suit claims the two shared a bed for the remainder of their trip.

“Long categorically deny the charges,” church spokesman Art Franklin said Friday. “We believe that it is unfortunate the young men have chosen to take this course of action. The defense team will review the complaints and respond accordingly at the appropriate time and in the appropriate forum.”

LeGrande, like the three other alleged victims, is represented by attorney B.J. Bernstein. The latest suits claims that Long “uses monetary funds from the accounts of Defendant New Birth and other corporate and non-profit corporate accounts, to entice the young men with cars, clothes, jewelry, and electronics.”

Spencer LeGrande was 15 when he met Long, the suit alleges. LeGrande and his mother were among the founding members of Long’s satellite church in Charlotte, N.C., Bernstein told the AJC.

Their first meeting was an emotional one, according to the suit. LeGrande, following one of Long’s sermons, told the pastor he found his message moving.

Long hugged LeGrande and the 15-year-old began to cry, at which point the bishop assured him, “I got you” … “I will be your dad,” the suit states. Long’s assistant then collected LeGrande’s contact information and soon after the two began talking regularly.

After a second trip to Kenya, Long encouraged LeGrande to move to Atlanta and attend Beulah Heights University, the suit states. Le Grande agreed, abandoning a potential college basketball career.

LeGrande was expected to “have no girlfriends” and in return his tuition and expenses at Beulah were paid for, the suit alleges.

LongFellows Youth Academy is not named in this suit as it was in the previous three.

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