May 23, 2006

Pastor Charged With Capital Sexual Battery Could Face Life In Prison


POSTED: 5:03 pm EDT May 22, 2006
UPDATED: 7:06 am EDT May 23, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A former pastor of a church on Jacksonville's Westside -- who was recently referred to as a great hero of the faith -- remains behind bars and at the center of a sexual battery investigation.

Police arrested 80-year-old Dr. Robert Gray on Friday evening. The former Trinity Baptist Church of Jacksonville pastor was charged with two counts of capital sexual battery after two of his alleged victims reported they were only 6 years old when Gray abused them.

Two women, currently in their 30s, told police Gray molested them in his office at Trinity Christian School on the Westside. They claimed Gray would then offer them money and candy.

"These charges are based on acts that happened a number of years ago, but a capital sexual battery has no statute of limitations," said Libby Senterfitt of the State Attorney's Office. "Such a charge can be brought anytime."

Posted by kshaw at May 23, 2006 09:26 PM