TORONTO – A pastor at a Scarborough church has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman while performing “exorcisms” on her.
Toronto Police alleged Wayne Marlon Jones, 53, of the United Spiritual Baptist Church, at 787 Midland Ave., near Eglinton Ave. E., offered spiritual guidance to a woman between May 2011 and May 2013 when he performed exorcisms.
The woman was allegedly convinced to turn over money and property, according to investigators. And while it was not clear Wednesday where the alleged assault took place, the initial complaint was processed at 14 Division — at 350 Dovercourt Rd. — and not 41 Division where the church is located.
The investigation has been ongoing since Jones was arrested in August. He’s charged with sexual assault and three counts of theft fraud over $5,000. Exorcisms themselves are not illegal, police said.
“We are encouraging anyone who has additional information to come forward to police,” said Toronto Police spokesman Meaghan Gray.
Source: Toronto Sun