Jamaica Observer:-THE Kingston pastor accused of raping and impregnating his ex-lover’s 12-year-old daughter has consented to undergo a DNA test to prove his innocence.
The 56-year-old accused, Kenneth Blake of Harbour View in St Andrew, who appeared very troubled yesterday, signed a court order in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court after his lawyer Able-Don Foote indicated during a bail application that his client was willing to do the test to clear his name.
“Mr Blake is willing to give his DNA to test to see whether this child is his. He has never touched this child or raped this child,” Foote said.
The pastor of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church located on Slipe Pen Road was arrested and charged with rape, grievous sexual assault, forcible abduction, sexual touching, and sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years old following allegations that he had sex with the child on several occasions in 2015 resulting in her getting pregnant.
It is further alleged that the pastor gave the teen, who is now 14 years old, cash and other gifts to keep it a secret.
Blake, who has denied raping or molesting the teenager, was yesterday offered $1.5-million bail by Parish Judge Simone Wolfe-Reece under the conditions that he reports twice daily to personnel at the Harbour View Police Station and surrenders his travel document with a stop order in place.
The father of six was also warned as part of his bail condition not to contact the complainant, her mother or siblings and that he should not be alone with any person under 18 unless they are his three young children.