Grand jury declines to indict pastor on sex charges

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A Tarrant County grand jury has declined to indict a Fort Worth pastor on a charge of sexual assault.

Darrell Wayne Blair, 43, who is the pastor of New Breed Christian Center in Fort Worth, has been free on $25,000 bail since his arrest in September.

“We feel that the grand jury made the proper decision,” Bobbie Edmonds, Blair’s attorney, said Thursday. “He is still pastor and the church is still going strong.”

Blair could not be reached Thursday.

“The grand jury heard the evidence and the circumstances in this case and made a decision not to indict,” said Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County district attorney’s office. “Since grand jury proceedings are secret under the law, we are prohibited from discussing it further.”

An acquaintance of Blair went to Crowley police on Aug. 21 and told them that the sexual assaults began when she was 14 and ended in 2000 when she was 18. She said she kept quiet because Blair owned a gun and convinced her that no one would believe her. She filed a complaint, she said, because “only now as an adult could she find the strength to face him,” the report states.

At the time of the reported incidents, Blair and his family lived in Crowley; he now lives in Waxahachie.

In her complaint, the woman said that Blair told her that he had heard that she was not a virgin and was just checking. She described other alleged encounters; the last one involved his performing a sex act while she lay on the floor, which Blair told her that she owed him because it was his birthday.

The woman told investigators that she never told him to stop, but that she cried during every encounter. She said she told a friend about the incidents in 2000, but the friend persuaded her to stay quiet.

Blair and his wife, LaTonja, founded the church at 4500 S. Riverside Drive in Fort Worth. Blair is a gospel recording artist and his wife is a minister, according to the church’s website. She is a minister at the church.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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