Pastor Fired After Allegedly Forcing African Woman into Prostitution - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/7/06

Pastor Fired After Allegedly Forcing African Woman into Prostitution

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New information has been released about how a Lubbock pastor funded a trip to Kenya to bring back a foreign student who now accuses him of forcing her to have sex.

James Cornell Clark is in jail charged with "compelling prostitution." He allegedly brought a woman from Africa to the U.S. and offered to pay for her school. Only when she got here, investigators say he told her he would only pay in exchange for sex.

Hockley County officials believed Clark made his money speaking publicly at different places in Texas and New Jersey. Money was then donated to five mission organizations Clark fronted with Christian names. Investigators say that is the money he allegedly used for his "so-called" missions.

Lubbock District Superintendent of United Methodist Church Jimmy Nunn says he immediately fired Clark on Thursday. Nunn says he later learned Clark lied on his application, using false information about his date of birth and social security number. Nunn says now he is trying to get past the bad and focus on rebuilding the church. "My focus is for the good people at Mount Venon Methodist Church. They are good people. I look forward with working with them and working through this. I have no doubt they will come out on top when it is all said and done," said Nunn.

Clark is in the Hockley County jail on a $150,000 bond.

A fund has been set up so that the victim in this case can continue her education at South Plains College.

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