Pastor faces sex assault, fraud charges

A pastor at a Scarborough church has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and three counts of fraud over $5,000 in an ongoing investigation after a second woman came forward, police said.

Wayne Marlon Jones of Ajax is a bishop at United Spiritual Baptist Church. Jones was born in Trinidad and Tobago.

According to police, a woman was offered “spiritual guidance”, persuaded to give money and property and was assaulted while a man performed an exorcism on her, police said.

Neighbours say United Spiritual Baptist Church has an odd reputation.

“Weird things go on over there,” Sue Lamonday said. “It didn’t make sense people would be there at 2 a.m. until 4, 5, 6 a.m. I walked by last summer and heard (a man) screaming, ‘God is going to save you from the fires of Hell if you hand over your help any way you can’.”

Investigators believe there may be more victims. “We are encouraging anyone who has additional information to come forward to police,” said Toronto Police spokesman Meghan Gray.