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Baptist Deacons Call|Pastor a Womanizer

SHREVEPORT (CN) - Deacons of the Bright Star Baptist Church say that despite promising not to do it, the Rev. Patrick Dennis had sex with women of his congregation, including a mother and daughter. The deacons say Dennis paid for the daughter's abortion, fathered a child upon another parishioner's wife, and attacked a person at the church with a baseball bat.

The board claims that members of another church, the Mount Zion Baptist Church, warned them that Rev. Dennis was a womanizer, but Rev. Dennis promised in 1997 that he would not do it again.

However, the deacons say they recently received complaints that the Rev. Dennis attacked a person at the church with a baseball bat, fathered a child upon a parishioner's wife, and stole money from the congregation's offerings. The cuckolded husband says Dennis' paternity was proved by DNA test, according to the complaint.

The board says Dennis went on leave of absence in January. "His relationships with women of the church subjected the church to liability for his acts which could be the financial ruin of the church," the complaint states. "Furthermore, his actions are against the teaching of God and have brought about discord in the church."

The deacons also say that Dennis did not preach on 22 Sundays in 2008.

The church seeks damages and an injunction. It is represented in Caddo Parish Court by Tommy Johnson with Tyler & Johnson.

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