Arlington Minister's Arrest Was for Failed Drug Test, Records Show

By Nathaniel Jones
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
January 5, 2006

FORT WORTH — An arrest warrant for an Arlington minister accused of sexually assaulting five women was issued last week after he failed a drug test, according to court documents.

Bishop Terry Hornbuckle was arrested Dec. 29 at his Grapevine home because the failed drug test violated conditions of the $1.005 million bail set 10 days earlier by state District Judge Scott Wisch.

It was the third time Hornbuckle, 43, has been arrested for drug violations since March 11, when he was indicted on four of the six sexual assault charges and a drug possession charge.

Hornbuckle was being held late Wednesday without bail in the Tarrant County Jail.

Last month, Wisch replaced the original judge in the case, James Wilson, after Wilson recused himself because Hornbuckle’s attorney, Michael Haskell, accused Wilson of being “biased and prejudiced.” Hornbuckle’s sexual assault trial, originally set for Jan. 30, has been delayed. A date has not been scheduled.

Hornbuckle is the founder and head of Agape Christian Fellowship in east Arlington. He faces six charges of sexual assault, one charge of drug possession, one charge of retaliation and one charge of tampering with a witness.

Hornbuckle has said he is innocent. He has said that the women — who have sued Hornbuckle, the church and church leaders — are motivated by money and that they tried to blackmail him before going to authorities.


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