Verdict in bishop’s sex case due Monday
The much-anticipated decision in the unlawful sex trial of Bishop Randy Fraser was postponed yesterday until Monday.
This is the second time that the pastor of the Pilgrim Baptist Temple on St. James Road has been tried on allegations that he had an illicit sexual relationship from July 2005 to February 2006 with a 16-year-old girl he had agreed to counsel.
Although the girl had reached the age of consent, the prosecution contended that he had used his position as a counselor to prey on her.
The girl alleged that Fraser gave her gifts and lunch money and sent her raunchy text messages and voice mails. She also claimed that they had intercourse on the floor in his church office and the bedroom of his marital home in Eastwood Estates.
Fraser’s semen was found on the carpet in the church’s office.
The girl’s family interrupted a Palm Sunday service in 2006 and made the allegations public.
At that time, an allegedly sexually explicit voice message was played in the presence of Fraser, members of his congregation and his wife.
According to the girl’s grandmother, the contents of the message were “words that should not come from a pastor’s mouth”.
The grandmother also claimed that Fraser’s wife, Jacqueline, recognized her husband’s voice and said, “Baby, you did it again”.
But Mrs. Fraser denied making the statement. She said she was unable to hear the message because of the noise in the room.
Explaining how his semen got on the carpet of his church office, Fraser said that he and his wife had sex in the church office on many occasions.
He said they went there with their two daughters when there were power cuts at their home.
Fraser explained that the church’s administration block had a back-up generator but there was none at their home.
Jairam Mangra represents Fraser. Franklyn Williams, the deputy director of public prosecutions, is the prosecutor.