Church musician charged with choir member's statutory rape remains on job - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Church musician charged with choir member's statutory rape remains on job

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Despite renewed efforts by the Church of God in Christ to prevent sexual abuse within their congregations, a Memphis church is letting a musician charged with statutory rape keep his job.

Dwayne Wilson, 25, of Greater St. Mark Church in Southwest Memphis is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old choir member.

A court document says the girl's mother saw a man under her daughter's bed, and the teen's grandmother saw him climb out a bedroom window.

Police found Wilson's car keys in the girl's bedroom, and then found the suspect in the back seat of his car.

The victim's father, a volunteer minister at Greater St. Mark Church, said he doesn't mind Wilson being allowed to attend the church, but he does mind him being in a position of leadership and trust.

"Having him in a position of leadership says we condone the behavior," he said.

The girl's father also said this isn't Wilson's first mistake, and that the married musician has "had one sexual relationship after another since he's been there."

The other women were of a legal age, according to the victim's father.

Pastor Ronald Rolfe said Wilson asked for forgiveness.

"I am obligated to extend the love of God and the forgiveness of God," Rolfe said.

Wilson is out on bond. He's scheduled to appear in court December 9.

The victim's family, meanwhile, is looking for a new church.

 

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