Bishop Fraser to take the stand in trial
Embattled Bishop Earl Randolph Fraser will testify in his own defense when his sexual misconduct trial continues in the magistrates’courts in January.
Fraser’s wife, Jacqueline, is also expected to appear on his behalf. Fraser is on trial for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female that allegedly began in July 2005 and ended in February 2006. Prosecutors allege that Fraser abused his position of trust, as he allegedly began the sexual relationship with the girl whom he was supposed to be counselling.
The girl alleged that she had sex with Fraser at his church office before services. Fraser’s semen was found on carpeting in the church’s office. The girl claimed that Fraser provided her with lunch and spending money.
Witnesses called on Fraser’s behalf have claimed that they arrived at the church before Fraser did when services were held. They said that Fraser would have to pass them before entering his office. Those witnesses said that Fraser gave church funds to persons in need. They said he handled this himself to ensure the receiver maintained confidentiality.
The prosecution’s case argues that Fraser allegedly left raunchy voicemail messages on the girl’s cell phone. The girl’s family claimed that Fraser’s wife listened to the messages during a confrontation at the church and allegedly told him,”baby, you did it again.”
The case continues before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell on January 13 and 14.