Apostle Gerald Griffith under Investigation

Grenada Broadcasting Network
January 4, 2006

Police in Baltimore in the United States want regional law enforcement officers to help them investigate allegations of sexual abuse against Trinidadian pastor Gerald Griffith.

A senior police officer from the Baltimore Police Department says contact has already been made with the police in Grenada and Barbados, and Trinidad is next on the list.

He said the Baltimore police will be linking up with Law enforcement officers in all the Caribbean islands where Pastor Gerald Griffith has held crusades.

When he was arrested the pastor was planning crusades for Barbados and St. Lucia.

These have since been cancelled. Griffith is out on bail on the condition that he does not leave Baltimore County or try to contact the alleged victims in the matter.

Meanwhile, for the second time in a month, a leader at Griffith's Redemption Christian Fellowship Church has been charged with sexually abusing a teenager.

Gary Warren Warfield, a deacon at the church has been charged with sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy at the church.

In November, Griffith was charged with sexually abusing the same boy and two other teenagers during counseling sessions.

According to charging documents, the alleged abuse by Warfield involved inappropriate touching that police said began when the boy was 14 and continued until September.

The victim alleges the abuse occurred at the church and inside a church van. Warfield, through his attorney, is denying the allegations.

Griffith was released on US $600,000 bail and he continues to preach at the church. He also denies any wrongdoing. Warfield was released on US$50,000 bail. Church members paid Griffith's bail in full in addition to a substantial portion of Warfield's bail.


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