Pastor Charged with Sexual Assault, Denies Fondling Teenager at Church

Anchorage Daily News [Anchorage AK]
November 17, 2006

Anchorage -- Pastor charged with sexual assault, denies fondling teenager at church

A longtime pastor accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old church-goer made his first court appearance Thursday at the Anchorage Jail, while his lawyer once again maintained his innocence.

The accused man, Dwight Donald Greene, 50, said nothing during the brief proceeding. About a dozen of his family members and other supporters sat in the pews of the courtroom. When the judge told Greene he faced four counts of second-degree sexual assault, one young woman in the audience burst out crying.

Outside the courtroom, Wells said the accusations against Greene are false. He said the 15-year-old girl is lying. He said the girl may have made the claims of sexual abuse because she was angry at Greene.

Greene's bail will be reviewed this morning. Wells said he plans to ask the court to reduce the $5,000 cash bail and suggest Greene's wife and son be charged with monitoring the accused man.

Wells said he wasn't sure if his client would be allowed to continue to minister if he is released.

Greene eluded police for several days before turning himself in to police Wednesday. Wells said his client wanted to work with police and did nothing wrong.

Police say Greene fondled a 15-year-old girl in his small congregation at Calvary Chapel of Anchorage, in West Anchorage. Police say the abuse spanned from May until October.

Greene has also been a softball coach at Bartlett High School for the past three years and owns a printing company, Instant Imprints.


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