Local Youth Minister Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Member of Church Youth Group
A former local youth minister has been arrested in New York City, accused of sexually assaulting a young girl at the local church where he once worked.
Police in New York arrested 33-year-old Jude Ramdial on charges of sexual assault of a child last week after the local victim reported the alleged assault to authorities in Harris County. Authorities say Ramdial was the pastor of a New York church at the time of his arrest.
The victim, now an adult, told authorities that Ramdial sexually assaulted her when she was a member of the youth group at Woodforest Worship Center Church in Channelview, where he was a youth minister.
Two other victims who are also former members of the Woodforest Worship Center youth group have come forward with allegations against the former youth minister, the sheriff's office stated.
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According to authorities, Ramdial moved to New York City, where he established the HopeNYC church with family members, some time after Woodforest Church revoked his standing as a minister. Ramdial was serving as a pastor at HopeNYC when he was arrested last week.
Investigators now believe there may be other victims, given Ramdial's considerable amount of access to members of the youth group, and are urging any victims to come forward.