Yesterday, February 4th, the Toronto Police released information about an ongoing sexual assault investigation. On August 31, 2014, Wayne Marlon Jones, 53, a pastor at the United Spiritual Baptist Church (787 Midland Ave, Ajax), was arrested and charged with sexual assault and three counts of fraud. Allegedly, between May of 2011 and May of 2013, while offering “spiritual guidance” and performing exorcisms on a woman and sexually assaulted her during these activities. Not only did this revolting pervert take advantage of his position of power to fool a woman who trusted that he would heal her spiritually, but he took it a step further and actually charged her for his “services!” The investigation is ongoing and Toronto police believe that there may be other victims and are asking anyone with information to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com.
An article in the Toronto Sun quoted a neighbor who claims to have seen and heard strange goings on at the church operated by Jones at all hours of the night and day. She described hearing screaming coming from the church and people worshiping there from 2:00 – 6:00 AM. The CBC and other media outlets are also covering this scandal, however they do not seem to be covering the more sinister aspects of this deviant’s “religious” activities. He is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on February 11 2015. In 1987, this predator was ordained as a minister, and has been the spiritual leader of the United Spiritual Baptist Church since 2000. Thankfully, he has been exposed, but I know that this one situation just scratches the surface of the scale of abuse that is perpetrated by people in positions of authority over those who trust them.
The whole reason for these “Backyard Pervert Alerts” is to illustrate that sexual abuse, especially perpetrated against children, is rampant in our country, but it is a subject that most people would prefer to ignore. Because the subject is so disturbing, our society, for the most part, would like to imagine that sexual abuse is an offence that is uncommon, or that “things like that won’t happen to my family.” I want to highlight the fact that sexual predators and pedophiles are everywhere! They live where you live, they work where you work, and in many cases they are disguised as the “pillars” of our communities!