The Rev. Darrell Wayne Blair of New Breed Christian Center in Fort Worth, Texas is facing charges of sexual assault after a woman told police in late August that the pastor had sexually assaulted her several times as a teenager.
Blair, along with being the minister of the Fort Worth church, has close connections to famed Gospel singer Kirk Franklin and his gospel group, "Kirk Franklin and the Family," according to his biography on New Breed Christian Center's website.
The Rev. Blair turned himself in to Crowley authorities on Monday, Sept. 10 and was released on $25,000 bail after an unidentified female told police on Aug. 21 that Blair had allegedly sexually assaulted her from ages 14-18, ending in 2000.
According to the police record, as initially reported by The Star-Telegram, the young woman claiming the sexual assault charges related to authorities the numerous times she felt sexually uncomfortable with Blair, including one incident in a Crowley, Texas home when he allegedly told her she "owed" him a sex act because it was his birthday.
Another alleged incident took place in a vehicle, and a third incident took place in the alleged victim's bedroom.
According to The Dallas Morning News, the alleged victim said in the police report that she "did not want to report the incident until now due to Darrell owning a gun" and her "fear of retaliation."
"Only now as an adult could she find the strength to face him," the alleged victim was noted as saying in the police report.
Blair runs the New Breed Christian Center with his wife, LaTonja Blair, who is also a minister.
The Blair couple boasts a strong Gospel music record, with the Rev. Blair being a former featured solo vocalist in the gospel group "Kirk Franklin and the Family."
According to the New Breed Christian Center's official website, Blair "has been anointed to deliver the Word of God through singing, teaching, and preaching."