Monday, November 21, 2005


Syracuse minister accused of rape

This comes from the ultrarev, who was kind enough to provide a link to this page, so I'll respond in kind.

Syracuse, NY - A Syracuse pastor is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl whose family belongs to his congregation, city police said.

Jaree Jones, 30, of 148 Camp Ave., was charged with second-degree rape and second-degree criminal sexual act, both felonies, said Sgt. Tom Connellan, speaking for city police.

The case was sent to a grand jury Friday, defense lawyer William Sullivan said. Jones voluntarily surrendered to police Nov. 9 and has been free on $2,500 bail since Nov. 10, the day he was arraigned, Sullivan said.

Jones, pastor of Refuge Temple of Syracuse, 1909 South Ave., is accused of committing the crimes between May 2004 and March 2005 at the church and his home, Connellan said.

The girl, now 15, went to police with her family, Connellan said.

Jones had been scheduled for a City Court appearance Thursday. But Sullivan said he mistakenly noted the wrong time, leading to a call from the court after he and Jones missed the morning calendar. Sullivan said the court arranged for him and Jones to come in Friday morning, and they did so, waiving the case to the grand jury for consideration.

Police urged anyone with information about the case to call the Abused Persons Unit at 435-3016.

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

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