Pastor Charged in Rape

By Adam Koob
The Natchez Democrat
March 24, 2009

NATCHEZ — The Pastor of True Bibleway Church was arrested and charged with statutory rape for allegedly having sexual relations with, and impregnating, a 14-year-old congregant.

On Monday, the Rev. Freddie L. Parker was arraigned and released on a $10,000 bond.

Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Maj. Jody Waldrop said deputies became aware of the case when Parker's victim, now 15, came forward to file a complaint against Parker in February after giving birth to a child alleged to be his.

Waldrop said a DNA test was done to establish paternity.

“Based on evidence from the DNA tests, warrants were issued for his arrest,” Waldrop said.

Waldrop said the girl reported she had been in a sexual relationship with Parker for several months, starting when she was 14.

Additionally, the girl reported she and Parker had sexual relations in the church and in both of their houses, Waldrop said.

Staff of the True Bibleway Church could not be reached for comment.


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