Toronto Pastor Charged with Sexually Assaulting Woman During Exorcisms, Police Say
Wayne Marlon Jones, 53, is charged with sexual assault and three counts of theft fraud
A pastor in Toronto has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman while performing exorcisms on her.
Police say Wayne Marlon Jones, 53, offered “spiritual guidance” to the woman, who is not being identified, between May 2011 and May 2013, the CBC reports. The police believe he assaulted her during these sessions.
Jones is also accused of defrauding the woman in question, persuading her to give him money and property, according to the Toronto Sun.
Investigators believe there may be more victims. “We are encouraging anyone who has additional information to come forward to police,” said Toronto Police spokesman Meaghan Gray.
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Jones is a bishop at United Spiritual Baptist Church, which he founded in 2000, according to the church’s website.
Neighbors say the church, located in Scarborough, is a peculiar place.
“Weird things go on over there,” Sue Lamonday, 60, told the Sun. “It didn’t make sense people would be there at 2 a.m. until 4, 5, 6 a.m. I walked by last summer and heard [a man] screaming, ‘God is going to save you from the fires of Hell if you hand over your help any way you can.’ ”
Jones is charged with sexual assault and three counts of theft fraud over $5,000. He is due in court on Feb. 11, the Sun reports.