March 12, 2005

3 accuse minister of assaults

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

By Anthony Spangler
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

ARLINGTON - The senior pastor of an Arlington church was arrested Friday afternoon, hours after a Tarrant County grand jury indicted him on four charges of sexual assault.

The Rev. Terry L. Hornbuckle, 43, of Colleyville is accused of sexually assaulting three women who were parishioners at Agape Christian Fellowship, 2350 E. Mayfield Road, where he serves as bishop. In two of the cases, he is accused of using date-rape drugs to overcome his victims. Hornbuckle has had no prior convictions in Tarrant County.

Hornbuckle was being held at Tarrant County Jail. Bail was set at $400,000.

The women filed personal-injury lawsuits against Hornbuckle in December. The Star-Telegram does not identify sexual assault victims. The lawsuits also name as defendants the church and eight members of the church's board.

"I think the grand jury's action today bolsters my clients' accusations," said the women's attorney, Gary Lee Finley. "We have the clothes that the girls were wearing and the DNA evidence. He is going to have a lot of explaining to do."

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