Jury Picked In Evangelist’s Sex Trial
BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) – A jury has been picked to hear child rape and other sex charges against a North Carolina evangelist who allegedly had sex with an 11-yearold girl while in southwestern Pennsylvania for some revival meetings.
The Rev. Walter Bradshaw, 63, of Lexington, N.C., has been jailed in Bedford County, about 90 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, since he was arrested in December 2010 after the girl reported the encounter.
The jury will begin hearing evidence Sept. 19 in Bedford County Common Pleas Court on charges including rape of a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse at a Bedford Township motel. Defense attorney Thomas Crawford said Thursday that the minister is “not guilty. He didn’t do it.”
The girl's 53- year- old mother pleaded no contest to charges of child endangerment, corruption of minors and soliciting perjury – that is, allegedly trying to persuade a witness to lie under oath – and was sentenced to two to five years in prison in June. Authorities contend she knew Bradshaw intended to have sex with the girl when she was left at the motel.
The woman told police she took her daughter to the motel to receive counseling by Bradshaw, before allowing the girl to spend the night there.
“Anybody who hears this evidence, it will be apparent what was going on,” Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins said after the jury was empaneled Tuesday.