Brooklyn Center Pastor Charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct During Spiritual Ritual

May 09, 2018 06:13 PM

A Brooklyn Center pastor is charged by warrant after allegedly sexually assaulting a parishioner seeking spiritual guidance at Grace Mountaineer Tabernacle Church.

Meally Morris Freeman, 55, is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. One count is in connection with what took place during a religious advice meeting and the other count specifies clergy ongoing meeting for advice.

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Freeman is in custody in the Hennepin County Jail, and bail is listed at $200,000 on the jail roster.

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According to the criminal compliant, parishioners are anointed with oil as a faith ritual. The victim told authorities Freeman anointed her with oil and advised she needed "deliverance" in a one-on-one session, court documents state.

The victim told investigators Freeman gave her oil to drink, and after they began to pray, she claims she fell unconscious, the criminal complaint details.

When she woke up, she said she had oil on her stomach and abdomen near her breasts, and her underwear was wet, court documents report, adding "(Freeman) advised Victim at that time that he had anointed all places, but that he hadn't seen all places." 

The first session was before a Bible study, and after the Bible study the two performed a second session. The criminal complaint relates the victim became unconscious again, and she woke up to find her clothing removed, with oil all over her body.

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The victim alleges Freeman then digitally penetrated her in more than one area, according to charging documents.

The victim said a friend informed her this was sexual assault and not a "deliverance" ritual. The victim confronted Freeman and recorded him, the criminal complaint states.

Freeman admitted to touching her breasts and said, "we insert things into people." He was recorded saying, “you don’t ask what happens, you don’t go into details and that deliverance can be very tempting," the criminal complaint details.

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