|Wayne Marlon Jones, 53, of Ajax is charged with sexual assault |
and three counts of fraud over $5,000
Toronto police said Friday they had laid two new charges of sexual assault against Wayne Marlon Jones. The new allegations relate to two women who claim they were assaulted when they attended “spiritual guidance” sessions at the Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Toronto between 1993 and 1996, police said.
Mr. Jones, 53, now faces four counts of sexual assault. He was first arrested in August 2014 on allegations he had sexually assaulted and defrauded a woman while acting as pastor of the United Spiritual Baptist Church on Midland Avenue in Scarborough. Toronto police said the woman claimed she’d been exploited while participating in spiritual counselling sessions that included exorcisms.
On Feb. 16 Toronto police laid another charge of sexual assault. And on Feb. 26 two new charges were laid, this time relating to women who said they’d attended spiritual guidance sessions at the Mount Ararat Baptist Church in the 1990s.
Any responsible church would never allow a pastor or elder to hold closed door counselling or deliverance sessions with just him and a woman. Such a case is a field day for demonic forces.
An online biography of Mr. Jones says the Trinidad and Tobago native immigrated to Canada in 1984 and was ordained in 1987. The following year Mr. Jones “pastured” his own congregation, establishing the Mt. Ararat Spiritual Baptist Church. He was consecrated as a Bishop in 1990, the site says.
In a news release Friday, police indicated they believe there may be more victims. Call police at 416-808-1400 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.
Ajax is a town in the Greater Toronto area about 25 kms east of Toronto proper, on Lake Ontario.