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Kingston pastor arrested on sex charges involving minor

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The Kingston pastor who was being sought by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) for allegedly repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her, is now in jail.

Kenneth Blake, 52, pastor of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church, located on Slipe Pen Road, was this morning arrested and charged with rape, forcible abduction, grievous sexual assault, sexual touching and sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years old.

Blake was charged after he surrendered to investigators at CISOCA.

He was accompanied by his attorney and members of his congregation, law enforcement sources revealed.

The pastor is scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on August 22.

The Gleaner reported last week that the now 14-year-old victim has given investigators a detailed statement in which she alleged that Blake initially forced himself on to her before he began to reward her after their sexual encounters.

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"He would give her money and other gifts so that she would not tell anyone," one source revealed.

However, according to the source, the alleged sexual relationship came to light in June this year when the 14-year-old discovered that she was pregnant and confessed everything to her mother.

According to law-enforcement sources, the pastor is engaged to the mother of the 14-year-old girl.

One source said the child reported that she would often visit the clergyman's St Andrew home to look for her older sister, who was sent to live with the pastor "due to the lack of convenience at her mother's home".

She reported that during one of those visits in 2015, the pastor sent her older sister to downtown Kingston before having sexual intercourse with her against her will.

According to her account, the clergyman also supplied her with money and other gifts before their sexual encounters ended in April this year.