Family Fears Loved One May Be Another Victim of Magnolia Pastor

By Keith Garvin
November 4, 2016

[with video]

A family is in fear for their loved one's safety after the arrest of a Montgomery County pastor charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Ronald Wayne Mitchell, 57, remains in jail now on four counts involving a girl who was 15 years old at the time.

Demetrius Ellis said her older sister Angela Edwards, a member of Mitchell's Body of Christ Ministry in Magnolia, has had no contact with the family for the past 10 years.

She said Mitchell drew her suspicion years ago by constantly demanding church members' money.

"I don't care if it's pennies, if you just got paid. He want it," recalls Ellis. "He don't care if your bills were due or nothing. He wanted your money."

According to the warrant served at Mitchell's home, which also serves as the church where members live, he allegedly raped the girl on numerous occasions there and at nearby hotels.

Ellis is now concerned about her niece, whom she's never seen, because she said Mitchell turned her sister Angela against her family.

"I want to talk to my sister. I need my niece checked on," said Ellis. "My niece is 10 years old. He better not have touched my niece because that's going to be a serious problem."

Mitchell was originally charged with one count of sexual abuse of a child, but prosecutors added three additional charges all connected to the same girl, who is now 16 years old.

Mitchell is in jail awaiting a hearing on those three new charges.








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