|Reverend Charged with Molesting Three Relatives
Police Say the Alleged Abuse Went on for Years
By Jim Dolan
WABC [Long Island NY]
February 10, 2006
(Long Island-WABC, February 9, 2006) - A reverend is under arrest and charged with molesting three female family members.
Investigators say the reverend prayed with parishioners at a small Baptist church on Long Island -- while at his home he abused the girls for several years.
Eyewitness News Reporter Jim Dolan is at the church in New Castle.
The reverend is a fire and brimstone preacher who often speaks from the pulpit about accountability and atoning for one's sins. But if the Queens District Attorney is right, if the female teens in his own family are right, the pastor will have a tough time atoning for this.
One of those teenagers claims her dad had been raping her nearly twice a week since she was 15 years old. And other teenagers in the family claim they were sexually abused when they were even younger.
The Ebonizer Baptist Church is a humble place, a small church. But on Friday's and Sunday's, it's filled with Haitian Americans who come to worship in their native language.
He is the pastor and owner of the church, who finds himself now worrying perhaps a bit more about earthly justice, than the final judgement day that he so often preached about.
"I'm shocked still, shocked," one parishioner said.
The pastor is alleged to have had sex with female family members who were not yet 17; one of the girls twice a week for four years; others as young as 12.
He is charged with four counts of incest, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of sexual abuse.
We spoke to a number of people from his congregation and all have a lot of respect for them and a great difficulty dealing with these charges.
Police say his wife was unaware of the abuse even though it had been allegedly happening in their home for four years.
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