Female minister settles sex abuse suit with St. Louis church

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Lawyers for a female minister who sued her St. Louis church for sexual harassment say the woman has settled part of the case.

Brenda Jones sued Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church and church officials in January 2014. She alleged that another minister made sexually explicit remarks, forced her to see a photo of his genitals and inappropriately touched her on several occasions.

Attorney Ken Chackes said the complaint was settled for an undisclosed amount. Attorneys for the church, the national African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Fifth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which covers Missouri, and Bishop Larry T. Kirkland did not immediately respond to an interview request.

Jones’ case against Frederick McCullough, the former pastor of Wayman, remains pending. He has denied the allegations.