Pastor Arraigned on Sex Abuse Charges

February 25, 2006

SYRACUSE, N.Y. A Syracuse pastor was arraigned in Onondaga County Court today on three counts of second-degree rape.

Jones -- pastor of the Refuge Temple in Syracuse -- was charged in November with criminal sexual act and rape after a 15-year-old girl told police he'd raped her several times between May 2004 and March 2005 at his home and at the church.

Jones also faces felony charges of sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor on warrants issued in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Judge Anthony Aloi today set bail at 10-thousand dollars cash or bond. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.


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