The latest case was scheduled to get under way on Monday in the Morant Bay Resident Magistrate's Court, however, attempts failed after the magistrate was absent.
The pastor, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the offence, remains behind bars.
Information reaching THE STAR is that the pastor, who is of a Prospect address in the parish, was taken into custody on July 27, on allegations that he sexually assaulted a minor two years ago.
Allegations are that in 2012 the pastor assaulted the minor while she was at his home undergoing counselling.
THE STAR gathered that he allegedly fondled and had sex with the minor against her will.
He is charged with rape, grievous sexual assault and sexual grooming.
Further reports reaching our news team is that the man of the cloth allegedly took the 13-year-old girl to his home, after telling her grandmother that he was inviting her to a family dinner as well as to counsel her.
THE STAR gathered that the child was living with the grandmother, who is a member of the church at which the pastor is in charge.
It's further alleged that on arrival at the pastor's home, the child was told to remain in a room.
It's theorised that while she was in the room, the pastor allegedly forced himself on to the minor. The teen reported the matter sometime later.
A report was then filed with the Centre For Investigation Of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) last Thursday following which the pastor was arrested and charged.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, another St Thomas pastor, Daniel Findlay, was charged under the Sexual Offenses Act with three counts of sexual assault with a person under 16 years and one count of grievous sexual assault.
When he last appeared in court the judge advised him that his case will begin soon.
Findlay, 36, appeared in the Morant Bay Resident Magistrate's Court in June. Findlay's bail conditions of $250,000 with stringent measures remain.
I Haven't Cooked Data On Gays
Unfortunately, Ian Boyne, as evidenced in his column, 'War over the buggery law' (Sunday Gleaner, July 27, 2014), does not fully understand my position re homosexuality and the buggery law. However, since Ian cannot be held accountable for what the media do not report, I am not holding it against him.
At the Jamaica CAUSE rally in Half-Way Tree on June 29, in a short address to the crowd, I cited the fact that when, in 1973, the American Psychiatry Association (APA) declared homosexual orientation (attraction, identity and behaviour) to be a normal aspect of human sexuality, it was, to the best of my knowledge, the first time a medical association was defining normal without reference to anatomy and physiology, i.e., design.
I informed the crowd that although the World Health Organization (WHO) and other significant medical associations soon followed, the APA, in declaring homosexual orientation normal, the position was illogical and not consistent with standard medical practice.
Normalisation of homosexuality
I further stated that as it relates to men who have sex with men (MSM), the Bronze Age writers of the Bible had been proven by science to be correct and the APA, etc, wrong. To the best of my knowledge, no media house has reported this statement.
My resistance to normalisation of homosexuality has always been primarily philosophical. The health statistics have merely been to support the philosophical position but have never been the primary consideration. I argue that HIV/AIDS epidemics among MSM are merely easily measurable manifestations of the illogic of ignoring design. This is, in fact, supported by research as 98 per cent of the difference in HIV rates between men who have sex with men (MSM) and heterosexuals is due to anal-receptive intercourse and the ability of men to play either role on different occasions.
Other manifestations will, no doubt, surface, but they may not be as easily measured. I am surprised that Ian does not seem to be aware that some local LGBT activists have suggested that I deliberately misrepresent the data.
Law is a teacher
The State has the responsibility to make law, but law is not only about punishment; it is also a teacher. If the State adopts a philosophical approach which, in such an important area, ignores design in the universe in its definition of normal, how then would it define abnormal?
As a Christian theist, I hold the view that a great, intelligent being, God, is the first cause, and that God designed the world with purpose and intent. It is, therefore, logical to expect that casual rejection of design will have negative consequences. In fact, even if one were atheistic, logic should still lead to the view that casual rejection of 'apparent' design would have negative consequences.
Our experience with the HIV epidemics among MSM has shown that rejection of design in matters of sex is against the common good. It is folly for the State to legislate that which is both illogical and does not serve the common good.
WAYNE WEST (Dr)
UPDATE August 4
The St Thomas pastor accused of sexual charges with a minor was granted $400,000 bail in the Morant Bay RM Court earlier on Wednesday. He returns to court on September 5.
The pastor, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the offence, is charged with rape, grievous sexual assault and sexual grooming.
Allegations are that in 2012, the pastor assaulted the minor while she was at his home undergoing counselling. It is alleged the man of the cloth allegedly took the 13-year-old girl to his home, after telling her grandmother that he was inviting her to a family dinner, as well as to counsel her.
The child was living with the grandmother, who is a member of the pastor's church. It is further alleged that on arrival at the pastor's home, the child was told to remain in a room. The pastor allegedly forced himself on to the minor. The teen reported the matter sometime later.
A report was then filed with the Centre For Investigation Of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) last Thursday, following which the pastor was arrested and charged.