FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, USA (sentinel.ht) – South Florida Pastor Raymond Vincent, 46, was nabbed in Haiti by Haitian police and brought to the U.S. by marshals Friday after he fled to the country in the wake of allegedly impregnating a 10-year old girl.
Vincent was hiding out in the northern coastal town of Au Borgne when federal agents, working with the Haitian National Police caught up with him. Haitian police had staked out the town for several days before spotting him and assisting Marshals in apprehending him. Vincent was booked at the Broward County Jail and was arrainged on Saturday. He is being charged with sexual battery on a child and lewd and lascivious conduct.
In 2012, Vincent faced four counts of child molestation while a youth pastor at a Pompano Beach church. Investigators said he was alleged to have lured a young girl to his home with food and then molested her twice in 2011. He was acquitted of those crimes.
Law enforcement officials say that the young girl was brought to the attention of detectives by the Broward Health Medical Center on February 13. Detectives were called in because of “obvious” sexual battery of a child.
That a crime had taken place against the child was obvious, because the 10-year-old, who had been brought in to receive medical attention because of stomach pain, was found to be pregnant.
A police report details the disturbing encounters between Vincent and the 10-year-old girl. In December or January, the girl told the detectives, she fell asleep on the couch, but was awakened when she felt Vincent slip his hand down her pants. When she opened her eyes, she stated, she saw Vincent hovering over her sleeping form. He then quickly pulled his hand from her pants, beneath the blanket, the report stated.
In an effort to cover his misdeed, Vincent turned to another child, who was also asleep on the couch, and pretended to adjust that child’s position while that child continued to sleep. The little girl who had been inappropriately touched by Vincent ran away from the man, locked herself in the bedroom, and alerted her mother. Vincent was charged with lewd and lascivious conduct in connection with that particular incident.
According to reports, authorities determined that Vincent left South Florida and fled to Haiti after finding out the young girl was pregnant. It was then that U.S. marshals began to work with the Haitian National Police, as well as Haiti’s Diplomatic Security Service, in order to arrest Vincent in late June.
It is not yet clear whether Vincent actually raped the little girl before of after the encounter with her on the sofa if he is found to be the father.