Category: Jesse M. French

Jesse M. French: Woman says pastor ‘anointed,’ raped her

COCOA — The pastor of a Rockledge church has been charged with raping a member of his congregation after “anointing” her with oil and telling her God wanted them to have sex, police said Tuesday. Jesse M. French, 43, pastor of Solid Life Ministries, Church of Disciples on U.S. Highway 1, was arrested Thursday on 10 counts of sexual battery and 15 counts of lewd and lascivious conduct. The 21-year-old congregant, who said French was her “spiritual adviser,” said the abuse began about four months ago, when the pastor said he needed to anoint her with oil because she was