More Victims Possible in Magnolia Pastor's Child Sexual Assault Case

By Andrew Kragie and Mike Glenn
Houston Chronicle
November 3, 2016

Ronald Mitchell

Montgomery County Sheriff's detectives arrested a Magnolia pastor Tuesday on charges he sexually assaulted a young girl and officials believe there could be more victims.

Detectives, prosecutors and the MCSO SWAT team raided The Body Of Christ Ministry Church in the 40200 block of Garwood Court and later apprehended 56-year-old Ronald Mitchell.

Police say they found evidence of the alleged sexual assault and a "large cache of weapons and ammunition" in a residence at the church.

MCSO SWAT members made the arrest near Texas 75 and Texas 105 in Conroe, jail records show. Mitchell is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Since Mitchell led his church from different locations around the greater Houston area, including Tomball, South Houston and Montgomery County, investigators believe there could be more victims who have yet to come forward.

A relative of some church members said Mitchell tells church members to cut off contact with their biological families, a separation that can last for years.

"A lot of people have referred to it like a cult," said the relative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid straining family relationships.

Mitchell collects money from the church members, all of whom are struggling financially, the relative said.








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