LONG ISLAND (NY)
Víctor Manuel Ramos
December 24, 2002
Two pastors who run
a Pentecostal church in Central Islip were arrested and
charged with sexual abuse of a
homeless child left in their care by a church member, Suffolk police
James Taylor, also known as Bishop J. Andre
Taylor among his Provision of Promise Pentecostal Church
congregation, was charged with second-degree sodomy and
second-degree sexual abuse.
said Taylor, 33, of 77 Adams Rd., Apt. 2-D, in Central Islip, engaged
acts with the 14-year-old for two years, since he took the minor to
live in his apartment. The child's mother had agreed to the living
arrangement until she found a permanent home.
pastor Rasta Wright, a church elder, was also arrested for
allegedly sexually abusing the child, when he stayed overnight's at
Taylor's apartment sometime in May. Wright, 25, of 221 Hawthorne
Ave. in Central Islip, was
charged with second-degree sodomy.