Former Pastor Indicted on Compelling Prostitution Charges - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/8/06

Former Pastor Indicted on Compelling Prostitution Charges

Lubbock Sheriffs Dept. Lubbock Sheriffs Dept.

A Hockley County Grand Jury indicted a former Lubbock pastor on Thursday on "compelling prostitution" charges.  54-year-old James Cornell Clark allegedly forced a woman he brought to the U.S. from Africa to perform sex acts in exchange for college tuition payment. NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel learns this is just the first of many charges that may come.

Investigators told us the compelling prostitution charges are just the beginning. Right now, the federal government has their own investigation that could bring federal charges as well.

Clark was the pastor of the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in East Lubbock. He allegedly approached the victim while on a bogus mission trip to Kenya last August. He offered to bring her back to the United States, so that she could attend South Plains College in Levelland. After her enrollment in January, Clark forced the girl to accept his sexual advances, in repayment for his efforts.  He threatened deportation if she refused.

Clark was arrested at his Lubbock home April 6th and was booked into the Lubbock County jail. NewsChannel 11 has talked with investigators who tell us to expect federal charges in this case very soon.

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