March 12, 2005

Arlington pastor faces sex charges


01:51 AM CST on Saturday, March 12, 2005


A prominent North Texas pastor was arrested Friday, accused of sexually assaulting members of his own congregation.

Bishop Terry Hornbuckle of the Agape Christian Fellowship in Arlington is being held at the Tarrant County Jail on a bond of $400,000.

According to the indictments, most of the alleged incidents happened near the end of last July, involving three women - one of whom is a teenager.

On Sundays, Hornbuckle regularly preached words of encouragement to his congregation of 2,000 members. He may now need to lean on them for support.

"The grand jury did return four indictments today against Terry Hornbuckle," said Betty Arvin, assistant district attorney for Tarrant County.

The indictments say the 43-year old pastor, married with three children, sexually assaulted three of his members - one of them twice. According to two of the alleged victims, Hornbuckle led them to a Euless apartment complex under false pretenses. There, they said he fixed them a drink laced with GHB, the date-rape drug, and then took advantage of them.

Terry Hornbuckle Sheriff's deputies arrested Hornbuckle near his church at State Highway 360 and Mayfield on Friday afternoon.

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