Rader issues a video saying that he set up an account on Ashley Madison two years ago -- before he started vlogging -- with the intention of having an affair, but ‘never came to close’ to actually being with another woman. He says that both his spouse and God have forgiven him for his actions:
I did make the account. I made the account two years ago. This is an issue that is in our past. This was before I got onto YouTube. I brought this to our church at the time, when I first started… this was brought to my wife’s attention. She has forgiven me for this mistake that I have made in opening the account. I sought forgiveness to God and he has forgiven me. So I’ve been completely cleansed of this sin…I need to be clear that I never had an affair with anybody ever while I’ve been married. This account was opened out of pure fleshly desire and just simple curiosity.
I have forgiven Sam and I stand behind him. This is in our past and it’s unfortunate that it’s being dug up right now but our marriage is worth fighting for and it always will be…Marriage is the real deal.