Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pastor arrested for sexually abusing two teen girls

FRUITLAND, Md.- Detectives with the Wicomico County Child Advocacy Center have arrested the pastor of a Fruitland church accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl on two separate occasions.

Forty-eight-year-old Tonto Sylvester Corbin Sr. of Salisbury was arrested March 5 on two counts of sex abuse of a minor, two counts each of third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, as well as second-degree assault. He is being held without bond in the Wicomico County Detention Center.

Court records show that Corbin is the pastor of Jesus Saves House of Prayer and Refuge located at 308 E. Main St. in Fruitland. According to investigators, on Sept. 1 and Nov. 25 of last year, Corbin allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old girl who attended Corbin's church. The victim stated that the first incident occurred at Corbin's home while the second incident allegedly occurred inside the church itself, detectives stated in court documents.

Corbin is a registered sex offender in both Maryland and Wicomico County. According to the sex offender registry, Corbin was convicted of second-degree rape in 2003. Court records also reveal that Corbin served time in prison following an involuntary manslaughter conviction in August 2005. He was released from prison in Februrary 2009 and had been under the supervision of probation and parole agents until his most recent arrest, according to officials with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

A preliminary hearing on the latest charges filed against Corbin is scheduled to be held March 31 in Wicomico County District Court.

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