Jamaica: Pastor charged with statutory rape

(jamaica observer) A Moravian pastor alleged to have had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl on the night of Wednesday, December 28, 2016, has been formally charged with statutory rape, police say.

He has been identified as 64-year-old Robert Clarke, a longstanding minister of the Moravian Church, based in Manchester.

Clarke is expected to go before the court sometime next week, police said.

The allegations are that about 9:00 pm on December 28, a motorised police patrol in the deep rural community of Austin in Myersville, south east St Elizabeth, close to the Alpart plant in Nain, came upon a parked car in a secluded area.

Further inspection revealed the pastor and the 15-year-old in what the police describe as a “compromising position”.

Investigators said last week that they were following further leads as a result of allegations that the pastor may have been involved in similar behavior previously.

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