Reports that GTA pastor Jae-Kap (Joe) Song ran a sex cult and received his religious training from a California mail order firm are ridiculous fabrications, Song’s lawyer says.
“That’s a crock,” Christophe Preobrazenski said in his first interview since Song was charged with sex-related offences in March. “The suggestion that this is a cult is absolute nonsense.”
Preobrazenski said Song will be maintaining his innocence on a charge of inappropriately touching a female parishioner when his trial begins. No trial date has been set.
[nine members of the congregation — including two women — have been charged with sex-related offences since March.
Preobrazenski made his comments in rebuttal to published comments by Jacqueline An, a lawyer for some members of his former congregation.
An accused Song of running a cult and orchestrating sexual assault charges against male members of the congregation.
She also said she didn’t consider Song to be a true pastor or minister.
Preobrazenski also lashed out at a broadcast report by a South Korean news crew, which aired a story that said Song’s religious training came via the Internet, from a mail order firm in California.
Preobrazenski showed the Star a transcript of Song’s four years of studies at the Chong-Shin College and Theological Seminary in Flushing, N.Y., which stated that Song began his religious studies there in March 1994 and graduated in May 1998 with a bachelor of divinity degree.
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