Pas­tor fa­thered child of 12-y-o girl

... DNA test proves

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Livern Bar­rett/ Se­nior Gleaner Writer

A BOMB­SHELL DNA re­port has con­cluded that Ken­neth Blake, the Kingston pas­tor fac­ing crim­i­nal charges for al­legedly hav­ing sex with a 12-year-old girl, is the fa­ther of the child she gave birth to last year.

The ex­plo­sive re­port was pre­pared by the gov­ern­ment foren­sic lab­o­ra­tory and served on Blake’s at­tor­ney, Abel-Don Foote, in the Kingston and St An­drew Par­ish Court on Mon­day.

Blake, who is the pas­tor of Har­vest Tem­ple Apos­tolic Church, lo­cated on Slipe Pen Road, is to re­turn to court on April 16 for a hear­ing to de­ter­mine whether the five sex-re­lated charges filed against him should be tried in the Home Cir­cuit Court in down­town Kingston. Foote de­clined to com­ment for this story. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to sources, he in­di­cated in court on Mon­day that he needed time to “take fur­ther in­struc­tions from his client”.

The cler­gy­man, dur­ing his first court ap­pear­ance last Au­gust, in­sisted, through his at­tor­ney, that he did not im­preg­nate the mi­nor and vol­un­tar­ily of­fered to give investigators DNA sam­ples he said would prove he was not the fa­ther of the then un­born child. But ac­cord­ing to sources, the DNA re­port con­cluded that there is a 99.9 per cent chance that Blake could not be ex­cluded as the fa­ther.

The al­leged vic­tim, who turns 15 years old later this year, gave birth to a boy on Novem­ber 30 last year.

The Gleaner first re­ported that Blake, 56, was ar­rested on Au­gust 15 last year by investigators from the Cen­tre for the In­ves­ti­ga­tion of Sex­ual Of­fences and Child Abuse and charged with rape, forcible ab­duc­tion, griev­ous sex­ual as­sault, sex­ual touch­ing and sex­ual in­ter­course with a per­son un­der 16 years old.

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