Pastor in Florida and popular Christian radio program host commits suicide after being accused for more than five years of raping a teenage girl
- Reverand Bryan Fulwider, 59, was found dead in his house Sunday night, according to his authorities. A medical investigator ruled that he died of suicide
- Fulwider, a popular Christina radio presenter, was free on a $ 700,000 bond after being arrested on October 2 for raping a young woman for several years
- The victim told police that she was abused from 2014 when she was 14, while Fulwider was senior minister in the First Congregational Church of Winter Park
- According to a warrant, he was confronted with 30 counts of a sexual battery of a person under the age of 18 by a person in the capacity of custodian.
Authorities say a pastor in Florida and a popular Christian radio program host who was accused of raping a teenage girl seems to have committed suicide.
Altamonte Springs police spokeswoman Michelle Sosa tells the Orlando Sentinel that the Reverand Bryan Fulwider was found dead Sunday night in his home.
The office of the medical investigator for Seminole County ruled death as suicide.
Fulwider had been free on a $ 700,000 bond.
Reverand Bryan Fulwider was found dead Sunday night in his home by a clear suicide after being arrested for more than five years for raping a teenage girl
The 59-year-old pastor was arrested on October 2 after a young woman told the investigators that he started abusing her in 2014 when she was 14 and he was a senior minister in the First Congregational Church of Winter Park.
Fulwider had told the young woman that he loved her.
& # 39; (T) there was never anything sacred or bad about it and you were always too damn mature for your own good and I have always loved you & # 39 ;, the pastor told his prosecutor in a police call, according to legal data obtained by Sentinel.
Fulwider had & # 39; Friends Talking Faith & # 39; organized together, broadcast weekly on WMFE. The show showed Fulwider as one of the & # 39; Three Wise Guys & # 39 ;, along with a rabbi and an imam.
Fulwider's lawyer, Jacob V. Stuart Jr., initially said that his client strongly denied the charges and had committed no crime.
After Fulwider's death, the lawyer says his client was treated unfairly by the legal system, the media, and the community.
Fulwider should have been deemed innocent until found guilty, the lawyer says.
After his arrest, First Congregational Church published a statement that the church and its community were deeply pained & # 39; were due to the arrest of Fulwider. He resigned from the First Congregation more than seven years ago.
& # 39; We currently have no information on this issue, but we pray that every victim associated with it will have privacy to move forward and heal & # 39 ;, a statement from the Prime Minister of the Congregational Church of Winter Park, the Rev. Shawn Said Garvey.
After his arrest, First Congregational Church published a statement that the church and its community were deeply pained & # 39; were due to the arrest of Fulwider. Fulwider (photo) resigned from First Congregational more than seven years ago
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