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Westminster pastor accused of sexually assaulting child

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A Westminster pastor was arrested this week, accused of sexually assaulting a child who belonged to his church.

Gerald Clark, leader of Jericho Ministries International, was being held on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said.

Clark allegedly engaged in a pattern of unwanted sexual touching with a member of the church between 2009 and 2012, according to the arrest affidavit. The alleged victim was 13 years old in 2009.

At the time, the teen’s family was very close with Clark and his wife, according to the affidavit. After her family moved out of state in 2009, the girl spent summers and some holidays with the Clarks.

The girl, now 17, has since left the church.

The alleged victim only brought the accusations to light in February of 2014, according to the affidavit. She was reportedly concerned about Clark abusing future victims.

Another former church member told police that it was “common” for Clark to kiss young female church members on the lips and encourage them to sit on his lap, though the witness said she had never seen anything she considered overtly sexual.

According to its website, Jericho Ministries International offers “a variety of resources, enrichment events, and support programs” including couples counseling and prayer teams.