March 12, 2005

Pastor indicted in sexual assaults of three congregants

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas - The pastor of an Arlington nondenominational church was indicted on charges of sexually assaulting three women from his congregation.

The women say Terry L. Hornbuckle, 43, tried to entice them into sex by using his influence as minister of the Agape Christian Fellowship. Two of the women alleged Hornbuckle drugged them before sexually assaulting them.

Hornbuckle was arrested Friday on four counts of sexual assault.

Two of the cases involve the same woman, according to court officials.

Hornbuckle has denied the accusations and alleges the women are trying to extort money from him.

"I am completely innocent of the charges I have been wrongfully accused of, and this is extortion plain and simple, which I won't surrender to," Hornbuckle said in a statement released through a New York public relations firm.

Posted by kshaw at March 12, 2005 06:04 AM