Texas Pastor Indicted on Child Sexual Assault Charges for Having Sex With 16-Year-Old Church Member

Magnolia, TX pastor Ronald Wayne Mitchell, 57, is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old member of his congregation (Photo Credit: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)
Magnolia, TX pastor Ronald Wayne Mitchell, 57, is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old member of his congregation (Photo Credit: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office)

Magnolia pastor Ronald Mitchell was indicted Thursday on four felony child sexual assault charges.

Mitchell, 57, pastors Body of Christ Church near Magnolia. He was arrested Nov. 1 after SWAT team member with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office raided the church and allegedly found evidence of the sexual assault.

The pastor is facing four second-degree felony counts of sexual assault of a child – one for every time prosecutors say Mitchell had sex with a 16-year-old congregation member over a four-month period from 2015 into 2016. He is facing up to 80 years in prison for those charges, but Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office detectives believe there could be more victims.

Court documents show Mitchell had the girl staying with him at his church in the 40200 block of Garwood Court near Magnolia, telling the girl’s mother that she needed to be “watched” and have “more supervision.”

The first instance of the alleged sexual assault happened the weekend before Thanksgiving in 2015, the girl told investigators. About two weeks after that, Mitchell allegedly asked the girl if she was ready for more sexual encounters.

She initially said no but felt threatened by Mitchell, court records show, and eventually succumbed. The sexual assaults continued for months, court records show, including during trips to Las Vegas, San Antonio and Galveston.

Mitchell’s wife would bring the girl to the Lone Star Clinic in Conroe to receive birth control shots. It is unclear if she could be charged with a crime for doing so. No charges have been filed with either the Montgomery County District Clerk or Montgomery County Clerk’s office as of press time.

The girl told a fellow church member about the abuse. The church member eventually contacted Magnolia police to help retrieve the girl from the church in September, but she did not learn of the abuse until the following month.

The MCSO SWAT raided the compound Nov. 1 and found evidence of the assault, MCSO stated in a press release. They also found a large cache of weapons and ammunition, which Mitchell kept in preparation for the “dark times” and rapture, according to court records.

But Mitchell’s defense attorney is asking a judge turn some of that evidence back over to the church, claiming a portion of the evidence has nothing to do with Mitchell’s charges.

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SOURCE: The Houston Chronicle
Jay R. Jordan

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