St James pastor on rape charge back in custodyWednesday, June 16, 2021
ST JAMES, Jamaica — The St James pastor who was given bail on a charge of raping a 15-year-old girl has found himself back in custody, two days after he was given bail on Monday.
The 39-year-old pastor, Jason Rose, is accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The young clergyman was given bail in the sum of $300,000 when he made an appearance for the first time before Parish Judge Sasha Ashley in the St James Parish Court on Monday. However, following court on Monday, the clergyman was slapped with a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The charges were slapped on the pastor between Monday and Wednesday.
The pastor's wife, Kimoy Rose, and the mother of the teenager (whose name has been withheld to protect the identity of the girl) all showed up in court for the first time on Wednesday to answer charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice, as well as other charges under the Child Care and Protection Act.
The attempt to pervert the course of justice charge for all three stems from allegations in which it is understood that Kimoy coerced the 15-year-old into saying that her initial reports to the police were false. It is also said that the pastor had attempted to call the complainant.
Initial allegations against the pastor are that sometime in March this year he assaulted the young girl while she was at his home, which is located on church premises at 62 Barnett Street in Montego Bay. She had reportedly gone there to use the internet to complete her school project. A report was made to the police, an investigation launched, and a search began to locate Rose.
Rose, who is the pastor of New Life Apostolic Church in Montego Bay, eventually reported to the Freeport police on June 7.
He was charged with rape by detectives assigned to the St James Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) following an interview in the presence of his attorney.
The case was heard in-camera on both days, meaning the media and people not connected to the case were not allowed in the courtroom.
Bail was denied for all three who are booked to return to court on July 19.
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