April 02, 2005

Suspicious-vehicle call led to pastor's arrest in sex assault

The Dallas Morning News

By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News

GRAND PRAIRIE An alert Arlington police officer checking out a suspicious vehicle led to the arrest four days later of a Grand Prairie pastor accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl.

Police have accused Jerry Newton Castle Jr., 25, pastor of Faith Tabernacle Church, of having sex with the girl a member of his congregation at his house during a two-week period late last month while his wife was either asleep in another room or at work.

A member of Mr. Castle's family declined to talk about the allegations. His wife did not return a phone message.

Elizabeth Marquez, whose 6-year-old son used to play with Mr. Castle's kindergarten-age boy, said her neighbors kept to themselves. She also said the family's home was frequently attacked by pranksters wielding eggs and toilet paper.

Mr. Castle was being held Friday at Lew Sterrett Justice Center on seven counts of felony aggravated sexual assault of a child. His bail is set at $350,000. Court documents state that he admitted to the assaults when questioned by Grand Prairie detectives.

Posted by kshaw at April 2, 2005 04:43 AM