Bond denied for Jacksonville church pastor charged with sexual battery – What We Know!

Bond denied for Jacksonville church pastor charged with sexual battery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A choose on Wednesday denied bond for a Jacksonville pastor charged with two counts of sexual battery.

The protection needs Paul Dyal launched on his personal recognizance and referred to as Dyal’s son to the stand on Wednesday. He informed the choose his father would steer clear of kids if launched from jail.

The choose denied Dyal bond.

Dyal, 78, pastor of the Jacksonville Meeting of the Physique of Christ on Outdated Kings Street, was arrested in March after a coordinated police raid on the church. He pleaded not responsible in April.

In accordance with police, the investigation into Dyal goes again greater than 20 years and contains proof for offenses they imagine occurred within the early 90s.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Workplace obtained a tip about doable sexual abuse on the North Jacksonville church in September 2020.

Whereas investigators have been making the arrest of Dyal, further warrants have been being served in Oklahoma. Jerome Teschendorf, 68, who was arrested in Newalla, Oklahoma, and Vernon Williamson, 85, who was arrested in Ardmore, Oklahoma, have each now been extradited to Jacksonville.

Teschendorf and Williamson are additionally affiliated with Dyal’s church and are additionally going through two counts every of sexual battery on a toddler.

“The investigation revealed each long-term sexual and bodily abuse of minors within the church spanning a interval of over thirty years,” the Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned in its information launch in March.

The Sheriff’s Workplace believes there might be greater than a dozen victims.

JSO mentioned that by means of the course of the investigation, the police “have recognized and spoken to quite a few victims and witnesses.” Consequently, the Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned, police imagine there are further suspects. It requested that anybody who believes they may have info to share to return ahead by calling JSO or submitting an nameless tip to Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida.

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Eight girls have since shared their tales with News4JAX, saying they’re survivors of psychological, bodily and emotional abuse from individuals on the Jacksonville Meeting of the Physique of Christ Church.

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