Bond denied for Jacksonville church pastor charged with sexual battery

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A choose on Wednesday denied bond for a Jacksonville pastor charged with two counts of sexual battery.

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The protection needs Paul Dyal launched on his personal recognizance and referred to as Dyal’s son to the stand on Wednesday. He informed the choose his father would avoid youngsters if launched from jail.

The choose denied Dyal bond.

Dyal, 78, pastor of the Jacksonville Meeting of the Physique of Christ on Outdated Kings Street, was arrested in March after a coordinated police raid on the church. He pleaded not responsible in April.

In accordance with police, the investigation into Dyal goes again greater than 20 years and consists of proof for offenses they imagine occurred within the early 90s.


The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Workplace received a tip about doable sexual abuse on the North Jacksonville church in September 2020.

Whereas investigators had been making the arrest of Dyal, extra warrants had been being served in Oklahoma. Jerome Teschendorf, 68, who was arrested in Newalla, Oklahoma, and Vernon Williamson, 85, who was arrested in Ardmore, Oklahoma, have each now been extradited to Jacksonville.

Teschendorf and Williamson are additionally affiliated with Dyal’s church and are additionally going through two counts every of sexual battery on a toddler.

“The investigation revealed each long-term sexual and bodily abuse of minors within the church spanning a interval of over thirty years,” the Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned in its information launch in March.

The Sheriff’s Workplace believes there could possibly be greater than a dozen victims.

JSO mentioned that via the course of the investigation, the police “have recognized and spoken to quite a few victims and witnesses.” In consequence, the Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned, police imagine there are extra suspects. It requested that anybody who believes they could have data to share to return ahead by calling JSO or submitting an nameless tip to Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida.


Eight ladies have since shared their tales with News4JAX, saying they’re survivors of psychological, bodily and emotional abuse from folks on the Jacksonville Meeting of the Physique of Christ Church.

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