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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Three Texas Pastors Charged After Beating a Child With an Extension Cord in Church

Three Black church pastors arrested in Mesquite, Texas

Mesquite, TX — Three church pastors from Texas have been arrested in connection to reports of a child that was brutally tied up and assaulted using an extension cord to make him confess of a suspected crime.

The suspects, who were identified as 64-year old Deborah Ann Graham, 24-year old David Asa Graham, and 46-year old Tonya Hill, are pastors at The Church — A Place of Worship for All Nations located in the city of Mesquite.

Authorities received a call on March 20 reporting that a child has been bound and beaten with an extension cord at the church three weeks ago. The three pastors allegedly did that in an attempt to get the child to confess to a suspected crime, in which the details were not released by the police.

After the investigators reviewed evidence and interviews, the pastors, who were relatives, were arrested by Mesquite Police Department and the U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force at their residence in Allen, Texas last Friday.

Each of the three were charged with the state jail felony offenses of unlawful restraint and engaging in organized criminal activity by committing an assault causing bodily injury.

Moreover, other properties in Rockwall and Collin counties have been identified by investigators that are associated with the church. Police are urging anyone to come forward if they know a child who has also suffered injuries from the three suspects or at The Church — A Place of Worship for All Nations.

Meanwhile, The Church released a statement on their Facebook page claiming the pastors are innocent. It read, “The allegations against The Church and its leadership are completely false. We deny any wrong doing. We are positive and confident that this matter will be resolved.”

An investigation regarding the incident is still ongoing.