NEW YORK – New York City police say a minister has been arrested on charges of raping a teenage relative.
The Rev. Dr. Phillip Charles Joubert Sr. was charged last month after the victim came forward to police. He pleaded not guilty last week in a Queens court on first-degree rape and other charges and was held without bail. His lawyer has no comment.
The victim told police the 48-year-old minister raped her on July 30. She reported it months later to the 112th precinct in Queens, not far from his Community Baptist Church. He is also pastor of the New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Norwalk, Conn.
A person who answered at the Queens church refused to comment. The number at the other church was disconnected and no one answered at his home.