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Bishop calls sex claims lies

Bishop Earl Randolph Fraser on Thursday admitted to having sex in his church office, but insisted he only engaged in sexual activity there with his wife.

The 53-year-old head of Pilgrim Baptist Temple on St. James Road was explaining the presence of semen on the carpet at his church office during his sexual misconduct trial before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell.

He is accused of having an illicit affair with a 16-year-old female member of his church who had come to him for counselling. Prosecutors allege that Fraser abused his position of trust by having the alleged affair from July 2005 to February 2006.

The woman, now 21, has alleged that she had sex with Fraser at the church before services and at his marital home at Tulip Boulevard in Eastwood Estates.

Fraser told the court that his office was his”home away from home.”He claimed that he and his family spent many

nights at the office when there were power outages at their home in Eastwood Estates.

Fraser said he was not”rich enough”to have a generator at his home, but there was one at his church’s administration office. According to Fraser, he and his wife were intimate in the church’s office.

Asked by his lawyer, Jairam Mangra, where those acts of intimacy took place, Fraser said,”It just depends where you end up,”adding that the office had no furniture.

Mangra asked Fraser if he ever had sex in his office with his accuser. He replied,”Never, never, never.”

In response to a question from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Franklyn Williams, Fraser said he never told his accuser that he and his wife had sex in the church’s office.

During questioning by Mangra, Fraser dismissed the young woman’s claims of sexual misconduct as lies.

She said that he suggested that they watch porn during one of their alleged couplings at his home.

Fraser admitted that he has watched porn in the past, but added that happened about 10 to 15 years ago.

He said he did not even know an x-rated video was in his home until police found it during a search. Fraser explained that his family had moved into the home a few years before the search and their possessions were still stored in boxes. He said police found the video in a box in his daughter’s room. He said,”I didn’t remember that was in there.”

The accuser has alleged that she and Fraser had sex 12 times a month. Asked about those allegations by his lawyer, Fraser said,”I must be a motorboat. If I do it with her 12 times[a month], what strength I have for my wife?”

Asked by Mangra to respond to allegations that he and his accuser had sex 60 times in July and September 2005, Fraser said,”Viagra can’t even keep you up that long.”

Williams asked Fraser if he thought it prudent to have another person present during his counseling sessions with the young woman. Fraser said,”No, I didn’t. That’s why I did it. I did not with many others.”

Williams returned,”Indeed, sir.”

The trial continues today.

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