JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– A pastor accused of sexually assaulting a teenager may have even more victims. Gerald Clark is facing new charges.
Gerald Clark has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenager over several years. Now a judge will decide whether Clark, 51, will stand trial for allegedly sexually assaulting not just one victim, but four.
The first young woman to come forward told police that Clark was a father figure and mentor to her. She said the sexual abuse occurred approximately 30 to 50 times between 2009 and 2012 when she was 13 to 16 years old.
Clark met the alleged victim and her family at Victory Church. They then followed Clark to Jericho Ministries International which Clark runs out of his Westminster home.
She told police she came forward out of fear that there were other victims.
The Jeffco District Attorney has filed a motion to add five more counts including sexual assault on a child and unlawful sexual contact for three new alleged victims. One of them was underage and the other two were over the age of 18.
At Clark’s latest court appearance at least one church member turned up at the courthouse to defend the pastor.
“I’ve been to their house, they’ve been nothing but kind. I’ve never seen anything inappropriate from the pastor or anybody in the ministry,” said Jerico Ministries member Tatyanna Vander.
If convicted of the charges the pastor would face a mandatory prison sentence and possible supervision for the rest of his life.