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Bishop Eddie Long guided boys in masculine journey at academy

ATLANTA — Bishop Eddie Long's boys' academy required financial discipline and sexual control to guide teens through their "masculine journey."

The TV pastor's academy trains about 100 students during a four-month session at a price of $500 each. Some participants carry a little card in their wallets reminding them why they shouldn't have sex.

Now the suburban Atlanta academy is at the center of lawsuits accusing Long of using jewelry, cars and cash to lure three young men into sexual relationships. Two of the defendants say Long recruited them after they joined the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church program. They also say Long was too cozy with the academy's participants.

Long and his attorney have denied all the accusations.

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