Saturday, November 26, 2005


Minister arrested and charged with abuse

Woodlawn, Maryland - A Woodlawn minister with an international following has been arrested in connection with five cases of alleged child abuse that date from June 2001 up to July 2004.

Gerald Fitroy Griffith, 39, of the 1300 block of Peach Tree Court in Bowie, was taken into custody on an arrest warrant Nov. 15 at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Baltimore County police said.

He is charged with sexual abuse to a minor, perverted practice, sodomy, a number of other sex offenses and assault, according to county police.

Four of the victims are male. The female and two of the male victims were juveniles at the time of the abuse, according to police reports.

Griffith was released on $600,000 bail pending trial, which has not yet been scheduled, according to Cpl. Mike Hill, a police spokesman.

The incidents allegedly occurred during counseling sessions in the church office at Redemption Christian Fellowship, in the 6500 block of Dogwood Road, over a period of 4 1/2 years, Hill said.

Police are asking anyone who may have been victimized by Griffith to call Detective Charles Allen at 410-853-3650.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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