The Christian Methodist Episcopal’s College of Bishops has suspended Bishop Kenneth Wayne Carter, who was indicted on sexual assault charges involving a 46-year-old man, officials said.
Carter, 51, was suspended with pay last week until his criminal case is resolved.
Senior Bishop William Graves at the CME headquarters in Memphis did not return phone calls seeking comment. Carter and his attorney, Brian Salvant, did not return phone calls seeking comment, a story in Tuesday’s online edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
A Tarrant County grand jury last month indicted Carter, who was released on $10,000 bail last week.
A licensed minister at a Dallas CME church alleges Carter sexually assaulted him last year when he went to Carter’s Arlington home to be interviewed for a driving job. The minister says he went to the interview despite his misgivings about Carter’s “homosexual tendencies.”
Carter has said he had consensual sex with the minister, who he said was the aggressor, according to court records.
Before being elected bishop in 2006, Carter served 10 years as pastor at the Carter Metropolitan CME Church in Fort Worth.
The Associated Press does not identify sexual assault victims