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Trial told of a rape on grave
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December 20, 2007

Trial told of a rape on grave
Pastor on sex charges

By SAM PAZZANO, COURTS BUREAU

 
A second woman has taken the stand and told of being raped five times by Rev. Frank Lawrence, who she claimed impregnated her in an assault on a fresh grave site during a ritual to cleanse her of evil spirits.

The mother of three, including a 5-year-old son by Lawrence, told the jury yesterday the first three times the Toronto pastor raped her was at his home during spiritual baths to purge evil spirits.

Lawrence later took her to a fresh grave site for another ritual in the spring of 2001 and raped her again, she testified.

The woman, 45, admitted she forgot about a fifth rape for several years and recalled it while testifying at the preliminary hearing last summer.

Defence lawyer Anthony Robbins suggested that if she had been raped five times, "you'd remember every time."

"I would if it was brutal. But it wasn't brutal," she said. "He played on my emotions. I was vulnerable."

She said she was "vulnerable and confused" in 1999 and 2000 because her son, who was 8-years-old at the time, had been sexually abused at school and she sought counselling.

Robbins maintained that she and Lawrence had a consensual sexual relationship that soured after she sought child support.

Lawrence, 59, the founder of the Toronto Mount Zion Revival Church of the Apostles, has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the two women in 2001 and 2003.