March 30, 2005

'GROPE' PASTOR FREED

NEW YORK
New York Post

By ALEX GINSBERG

March 30, 2005 -- A Queens minister on trial for seducing an underage parishioner into a church-office tryst five years ago strode out of court yesterday cleared of all charges.

"I want to thank the men and women of the jury and certainly my attorney and my wife and family," said a restrained William Waynes, flanked by scores of loyal parishioners, several acting as bodyguards.

But the newly cleared holy man didn't stay on the high road for long, lashing out at his accuser and her family.

"Any pastor that would accept these people as parishioners, beware," he said.

And the pastor's wife, Eunice Waynes, took a shot at the accuser, telling reporters, "I'm sorry to have learned that she is a schizophrenic and a pathological liar."

Waynes, the 47-year-old pastor of the New Beginning Outreach Love Center on Northern Boulevard in Corona, was cleared of third-degree rape and child-endangerment charges after less than three hours of jury deliberation.

Posted by kshaw at March 30, 2005 08:11 AM