Evangelical Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse in Maryland

June 4, 2010

The pastor of an evangelical church in Catonsville is accused of sexually assaulting one of his parishioners.

Baltimore County police say 62-year-old Bishop Roan Faulkner Sr. forced the 43-year-old woman to perform a sexual act when she came to his office for spiritual counseling. He's been charged with second-degree sex offense and attempted second-degree rape, among other offenses.

Faulkner is the pastor of New Life Pentecostal Ministries. Police say he's refusing to discuss the incident, which happened in February, and investigators are concerned there may be other victims. He's being held on $300,000 bail.

According to the church's website, Faulkner emigrated from Jamaica to the United States in 1969 and has preached in several countries. He is married with three children.

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