JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -The Rev. Jeffery Stallworth is now the only defendant remaining in a woman’s $10 million lawsuit claiming she was sexually assaulted by him.
The woman alleges he sexually assaulted her in August 2001 when he stayed at her Maryland home.
The Clarion-Ledger reports that Anderson United Methodist Church of Jackson and the Mississippi United Methodist Conference have been dropped from the woman’s lawsuit against Stallworth in an order issued last month by a Hinds County judge.
The woman’s attorney, Marjorie Busching of Jackson, said she couldn’t comment on the order.
The Associated Press does not identify sexual assault victims. Stallworth, then-pastor of Anderson United Methodist Church in Jackson, pleaded guilty in 2002 to a misdemeanor count of sexually assault. He was sentenced to two years’ probation.
The conviction later was wiped from his record after he served the mandatory probation period. Stallworth filed a counter lawsuit against the woman, but it was dismissed in 2008.
Stallworth has alleged the woman tricked him into believing the two had a personal relationship to try to sell insurance policies.
Stallworth is no longer affiliated with Anderson nor with the Mississippi United Methodist Conference. He serves as pastor of an independent, non-denominational congregation in Jackson.
Pictured Above: Rev. Jeffery Stallworth