Andrew M. Eggman, Jr.

Virginia Mennonite missionary convicted of sex crimes for filming teenagers and international college students

In 2009, Andrew Eggman Jr. (b. 1962) pleaded guilty (Alford plea) in Rockingham County (Virginia) Circuit Court to felony indecent liberties with a child in a supervisory position and felony production of child pornography.

The Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, Virginia) reported that in 2004, Eggman used a hidden camera to film an underage relative having sex with international exchange students from China, Japan, and Vietnam who were enrolled at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The women were reportedly given alcohol and drugs before the sexual acts. A prosecutor stated that Eggman often hosted events for EMU students at his Harrisonburg home and said that he worked with a business partner in California to make the pornographic movies and sell them, possibly in Asia.

In 2005, the Daily News-Record published a story about Eggman’s plans to spend a year teaching English in China, noting that Eggman’s assignment would be coordinated by the Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions, a missionary arm of the Virginia Mennonite Conference. The story noted that Eggman was a member of Harrisonburg Mennonite Church and had links to China Education Exchange, “a program of five Mennonite church agencies from the United States and Canada.” Eggman reportedly worked in campus ministry, particularly with international students, at Eastern Mennonite University, James Madison University, and the University of Virginia from approximately 1993 to 2005.

“I think God put a love in my heart for internationals,” Eggman was quoted as saying.

Court records indicate that the criminal charges stemmed from events in August 2004. The Daily News-Record reported that police first learned about the crimes in 2006, “after some local church members called police regarding a child pornography case.” It’s not clear which church this was, but Eggman was reportedly a member of Harrisonburg Mennonite Church in 2005.

During interviews with law enforcement, “Some of the church members … revealed that the victims in the case [had previously] told them that Eggman would secretly tape the teenagers having sex with Chinese and Japanese foreign exchange students.” It’s not clear when the church members first learned about the crimes, but law enforcement noted that “The church members did not call the police at this time. … Instead, it was decided by these members to conduct an ‘intervention’ where Eggman made some incriminating statements.”

The Daily News-Record reported in July 2005 that Eggman would be leaving later that month for one year in China. In 2008, after charges were filed, the paper reported that “Lois Maust, acting president of Virginia Mennonite Missions, said Eggman was supposed to serve a year in China but he was called back early after the allegations surfaced.”

Law enforcement stated that church members had “again decided not to contact law enforcement because Eggman agreed to enter a treatment facility in California.” The church members finally called police in 2006 after Eggman didn’t follow through with their arrangement.

From 2006, when church members reported the crimes to police, until 2009 when the charges were filed in Rockingham County, the case became inactive because of a lack of evidence. When police searched Eggman’s home in 2006, they found “scores” of videotapes, but none of them had illicit materials on them. In 2007, Eggman’s friends and family reportedly turned over a video to police that showed the minors having sex with two Asian women. But the case did not proceed further until a grand jury indicted Eggman in late 2008.

The prosecutor said that the case was difficult to investigate because Eggman was frequently out of the country serving as a missionary, because the EMU students who were filmed were unaware of the videotapes, and because Eggman’s underage relatives were uncooperative with the investigation.

By the time Eggman was indicted in Rockingham County in late 2008, he was living in California. After unsuccessfully fighting an extradition order, he was transferred and booked into the Rockingham County jail in early 2009, where he was held without bond. Two months later, Eggman pleaded guilty to the charges in exchange for a plea deal that released him from jail. He was sentenced to ten years in prison with all but two months suspended, equivalent to the time he had already served. He was ordered to register as a sex offender and given three years probation.

The Porterville Recorder (Porterville, California) stated that “Eggman registered as a sex offender in Virginia before earning the approval of his probation officer to move back to California in late March.” In July 2009, the Daily News-Record reported that Eggman had applied for and received an exemption from California’s sex offender registry. Eggman’s local newspaper, the Porterville Recorder, also noted his absence from the registry, quoting some of Eggman’s extended family members who were working to have his name added: “All I want is [for him] to be on the list.”

By early Aug. 2009, the newspapers both reported that Eggman had been added to the California sex offender registry, at least in part due to what the Rockingham County prosecutor described as “some pretty intense negotiations” with the California Sex Offender Tracking Program, including providing extensive details about the case.

Multiple sources indicate that Eggman continued to seek leadership roles in churches and also organized and led a house church in his home. In 2020, Eggman moved to Texas, where he was reportedly listed in the state sex offender registry until his name was removed in 2023.

Church-related positions

  • Minister to students at Eastern Mennonite University in 1994
  • Member of Harrisonburg Mennonite Church in 2005
  • Missionary and teacher in China with Virginia Mennonite Missions in 2005–2006

Documentation

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