Minister Charged In Series of Sexual Assaults
DALLAS (AP) _ A Southern Baptist minister was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting five women in their apartments in a string of attacks blamed on the so-called Village Rapist.
Gregory Charles Goben, 28, was jailed on $453,500 bail on four counts of sexual assault and one of aggravated sexual assault, said Dallas County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Ewell.
Goben was arrested late Monday in an attempted burglary of an apartment, said police Sgt. Larry Lewis. Unidentified sources told the Dallas Times Herald that Goben was linked to the attacks through fingerprints.
Goben is pastor of Outreach Baptist Church in Garland, according to the Rev. Lanny Elmore, Goben’s supervisor. Elmore, who said Goben has been pastor for two years, said he was ″extremely stunned and shocked″ by the arrest.
The Village Rapist is believed responsible for as many as 20 attacks since 1986 in the sprawling apartment complexes known as The Village. Police said they are investigating the assaults for which Goben was not charged.
The Village Rapist wore a ski mask and generally tied his victims’ hands with a belt or other article or clothing, according to police. In at least two cases, the assailant expressd remorse, police said.
Neighbors of Goben described him as a well-mannered man who often sat in front of his house and read the Bible.
″From my observation, they (Goben and his wife) are ... very nice, genteel people and I never would have suspected him of any bad acts of any kind,″ Frank C. Tomlinson told The Dallas Morning News.