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Married pastor, 52, is accused of sexually battering a 17-year-old girl he said was 'possessed by a demon'

  • Pastor Gerardo Martinez charged with two felony counts of sexual battery 
  • Accused of repeatedly engaging in sex acts with the young parishioner in his car, at Miracle Christian Church in Florida and at the girl's home 
  • Martinez allegedly the teen she had 'multiple personalities' and that one of them was possessed by a demon
  • Martinez and his wife of 20 years have two sons and a daughter together
  • Martinez had served time in prison on a drug conviction in his late 20s 

Pastor charged: Gerardo Martinez, a 52-year-old pastor from Florida, has been charged with sexual battery on a 17-year-old girl 

Pastor charged: Gerardo Martinez, a 52-year-old pastor from Florida, has been charged with sexual battery on a 17-year-old girl 

A married Florida pastor has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female parishioner he claimed was 'possessed by a demon.'

Gerardo Martinez, 52, was arrested on Friday evening and booked on two felony counts of sexual battery.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the victim joined Martinez's Miracle Christian Church in New Port Richey last April. 

Detectives say Martinez told the teenage parishioner she had 'multiple personalities' and that one of them was possessed. 

'In doing so the defendant gained the trust of the victim’s parents' so that they would allow her to travel with the pastor and visit her at home when she was by herself, according to an arrest report. 

According to authorities, the pastor and the girl had multiple sexual encounters from April to October in Martinez’s vehicle, at the church and at the victim’s home.

The sheriff's office began investigating Martinez in December 2018 when the teen contacted the authorities accusing the cleric of sexual misconduct, reported Tampa Bay Times.

Place of worship: Deputies say some of the sex acts took place at Martinez's Miracle Christian Church (pictured) in New Port Richey, Florida, where the victim was a parishioner 

Place of worship: Deputies say some of the sex acts took place at Martinez's Miracle Christian Church (pictured) in New Port Richey, Florida, where the victim was a parishioner 

When confronted about the allegations, deputies say Martinez denied sexual contact with the girl.

Martinez was taken into custody shortly before 7pm on Friday and was released on $100,000 bond the following night. 

The clergyman and his wife of 20 years have two sons and a daughter together, according to his official biography posted on Miracle Christian Church's website. 

The bio section of the site states that Martinez 'had an encounter with God' while serving a sentence on a drug conviction in his late 20s, and after he regained his freedom, he reinvented himself as a pastor.

He started his own church in New Port Richey in 2013, focusing on 'the supernatural, healing, deliverance, and spiritual warfare,' the website proclaims.   

'Pastor Jerry also has a passion to see the youth experience the power of God as opposed to the powers of darkness that they are attracted to.' 

Family man: Martinez and his wife Alma (pictured) have been married for 20 years and have three children together 

Family man: Martinez and his wife Alma (pictured) have been married for 20 years and have three children together 

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