Sunday, April 27, 2014

Colorado pastor arrested for sexually abusing teenage girl

WESTMINSTER - A Westminster pastor was arrested Wednesday for alleged sexual abuse of a teenage girl who was a member of his church.

Gerald Clark, 51, was booked on a $20,000 bond. He bonded out Thursday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Clark is the pastor of Jericho Ministries International, which meets at Greenway Club House at 110 Greenway Drive in Broomfield. Clark previously served as a leader of a Westminster church.

The affidavit says the abuse occurred over a period of several years, beginning in 2009. The victim lived with Clark and his wife during the summer months, according to the affidavit.

The victim told police Clark sexually assaulted her as many as 50 times over the three years. She says it happened at his home, in church, during church trips, and in his car.

Police say the girl finally confronted Clark, because she was worried about others in the church youth group. That's when the abuse stopped, according to the affidavit. The female victim is now 17.

The Jericho church's web site included audio of many sermons by Clark. The site also described infidelity in the pastors marriage, though it said he has since healed his relationship with his wife.

The website appeared to have been shut down Thursday night.

Clark is due in court next week.

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