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Judge dismisses sex crimes case against Bishop Charles Brown

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On a legal technicality, a Louisiana parish judge has dismissed sex crimes cases against COGIC Bishop Charles Brown saying  the charges were filed after the statue of limitations had expired.[source]

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported the story March 2nd after the ruling.

Criminal District Judge Karen Herman ruled that the statute of limitations, as it was written when the alleged sexual attacks took place, had long ago run out.

Brown, the jurisdictional bishop for Greater New Orleans in the Church of God in Christ, based in Memphis, Tenn., also was pastor of Full Gospel Church of God in Christ in New Orleans, though he spent much of his time leading a congregation in Houston. The Church of God in Christ suspended him after learning of the first allegation, which came to light in September.

Brown faced a count of forcible rape, two counts of sexual battery and two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

There is no statute of limitations any longer for forcible rape in Louisiana. State law allows prosecution of sexual battery, indecent behavior with a juvenile or other sex crimes against people under 17 for 30 years after the victim becomes an adult.

But that wasn’t the case when the crimes allegedly were committed, between 1977 and 1989. Then, the victims were required to report them no later than 10 years after they turned 17. Forcible rape carried a six-year statute when the woman said Brown raped her, Herman found.

The last of the statutes under the indictment ran out in 1991, Brown’s attorney argued. Herman quashed the rape count in January, and the other four counts Friday.

Brown’s attorney called the ruling “bittersweet”. “He actually wanted to face his accusers,” said Johnson, who claimed the case was “set up for a money grab” by the women. Brown hopes to be reinstated with the church, he said.

Take the poll: based on the ruling should Bishop Blake reinstate Charles Brown to his former positions? If you would like to leave a comment to support your view, use the post comment link.

UPDATE MARCH 21, 2011

Four days after a Louisiana judge dismissed charges against COGIC bishop Charles Brown, the COGIC issued a brief but tersely worded statement saying that it was immediately lifting Brown’s suspension without further comment. Its unclear if Brown will be reassigned or allowed to simply step back into his former positions.

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