DA Drops Sexual Assault Charges Against Texas CME Bishop, Cites Insufficient Evidence

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Tarrant County district attorney's
office says it doesn't have enough evidence for a conviction and is
dropping sexual assault charges against Christian Methodist
Episcopal Bishop Kenneth Wayne Carter.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Assistant Tarrant County
District Attorney Betty Arvin told the newspaper that the office
dropped the case Wednesday after reviewing all of the evidence.
Tony Owens is the attorney representing the alleged victim in
the lawsuit. He says his client is disappointed and feels -- in his
words -- "victimized again by the system."
Owens said the outcome doesn't affect the civil case.
Carter -- who's 51 -- was indicted by a Tarrant County grand
jury in June after a licensed minister at a Dallas CME church said
Carter in March 2007 tried to force him to have sex when the man
applied for a job.
A month after the indictment, the Christian Methodist
Episcopal's College of Bishops said it was suspending Carter with
pay until his criminal case was resolved.
In depositions, Carter admitted to having a consensual sexual
encounter with the man, in depositions.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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