News

Victims provide details of indecency allegations against pastor

Three girls who say they had been molested by a Wichita Falls preacher once they had been youngsters took the stand Thursday in 78th District Court.

They testified against Ronnie Allen Killingsworth, 78, longtime pastor of Rephidim Church. He is on trial on six counts of indecency with a baby in reference to three former members of his church.

Before a packed courtroom, one sufferer testified she was 5 years outdated when she went into Killingsworth’s workplace, and he sat her on his lap.

Ron Killingsworth in 78th District CourtRon Killingsworth in 78th District Court

Ron Killingsworth in 78th District Court

She stated she requested him how infants occur, and he touched her sexually.

The lady testified Killingsworth favored her as a result of of her excessive intelligence. But after she requested him a query he couldn’t reply, he shut her out. She stated she by no means advised her mom concerning the incidents as a result of she was too embarrassed.

She and her mother and father finally left the church.

Another lady testified Killingsworth took her into his workplace and tried to kiss her in what she described as an “open mouth” kiss.

She testified Killingsworth touched her sexually and confirmed her pornographic photos.

The lady advised the jury she had “acted out” sexually when she was a baby and as soon as advised another youngsters she had a “crush” on Killingsworth.

She advised the jury that reminiscences of what Killingsworth did nonetheless convey on panic assaults. She didn’t speak concerning the incidents as a result of she was scared.

The lady left the church in 2015.

“I wanted to live a normal life,” she stated.

A 3rd sufferer who’s now in her 30s testified that when she was about 6 years outdated, she began going to the church together with her mom. She stated she was not a well-behaved little one. When she was about 11, Killingsworth took her into his workplace and yelled at her, grabbed by the shoulder and touched her sexually.

The lady testified that Killingsworth advised her she was a liar, and no one would imagine her if she advised what occurred.

She stated when she advised her mom concerning the incident, her mom hit her within the face so exhausting it left a scar.

All the witnesses stated sexual subjects had been mentioned within the presence of youngsters on the church. They described fortifications on the church that included weapons.

Others on the stand Thursday included the mom of one of the alleged victims, the stepfather of one other and the aunt of yet one more. All had attended or been members of Rephidim Church.

They testified Killingsworth had proclaimed “rapture” — the top of days — would happen on the Y2K millennium and so they constructed cabins for themselves within the nation.

When it didn’t occur, they advised the jury that he stored setting future dates for rapture that additionally proved false.

One tearful lady recalled leaving messages for her son as a result of the congregation was taught the adults would ascend throughout rapture, however their youngsters can be left behind.

Another testified she was shunned by the congregation when she missed companies to be together with her dying mother and father.

Defense attorneys Ron Poole and Chuck Smith quizzed the witnesses about inconsistent reminiscences they’d of interviews executed with Texas Rangers.

Jake Weaver, a particular investigator with the Texas Department of Public Safety and former Ranger, was final on the stand Thursday.

He advised the jury he performed interviews with the victims and different witnesses. He stated from what he heard, the church “seemed like a cult.”

He testified he received a name from Allen Killingsworth, the defendant’s son and a detective with the Wichita Falls Police Department, asking concerning the investigation. Weaver stated he didn’t provide data.

He is scheduled to renew testimony Friday.

Bill Vasser and Davye Jo Estes of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s workplace had been appointed to prosecute the case as a result of of the attainable battle of Allen Killingsworth’s employment.

Ronnie Killingsworth has pleaded not responsible. Anyone charged with a criminal offense is presumed harmless until convicted in a court docket of legislation.

If convicted, he may face 20 years in jail on every of the costs. He is free from jail on $150,000 bail.

More: Prosecutor: Preacher accused of child sex crimes is a “charismatic cult leader”

More: Indicted Wichita Falls pastor no stranger to controversies

This article initially appeared on Wichita Falls Times Record News: In court: Victims provide details of indecency allegations against pastor

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button