October 16, 2008

Death of Accused Puts New Twist in AME Sex Abuse Case

The passing of Sylvester Laudermill Jr. comes as case involving defrocked pastor goes to trial. Funeral services were held Wednesday for Sylvester Laudermill Jr., the defrocked former pastor of Ward AME Church, who died just as a sexual molestation lawsuit against him was scheduled for trial. Laudermill, 50, died Oct. 9 in a local hospice of complications from cancer treatments. According to a Ward AME spokesperson, Laudermill had been afflicted with cancer for several years, which had gone into and out of remission at least twice. Laudermill, who was transferred from St. Louis to Los Angeles’ Ward AME Church in 2004, was accused in 2006 of sexually molesting minor boys in both cities and forced out of Ward’s pulpit.
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Posted by Editor at October 16, 2008 10:20 AM

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