A self-proclaimed prophet who last September was ordered to pay a woman $10,000 for defamation has been freed of an indecent assault charge.
On Thursday December 15, 2023, the Family Court upheld a no case submission made by attorney Kay Bacchus-Baptiste in relation to the indecent assault charge that had been brought against her client Pastor Jason Providence, head of the Life by Faith Ministries.
“His case is dismissed. He was charged for indecently assaulting a young lady who came to him for deliverance.
“This is a very disturbing case and the Family Court President agreed with me. The virtual complainant’s evidence was totally discredited on cross examination,” Bacchus-Baptiste told SEARCHLIGHT shortly after Providence was freed.
The lawyer described the charge as “unbelievable” and further commented, “if Pastor Jason Providence did not save crucial WhatsApp messages which the virtual complainant deleted, Providence’s goose would have been cooked.
“One has to be very careful in condemning some men when some women make these sexual allegations,” Bacchus-Baptiste further added.
Initially, Providence appeared at the Family Court on the morning of June 23, 2022 and maintained his innocence in relation to the January 18, 2022 charge and was allowed bail.
His lawyer had said back then that her client had been set up and she was in the process of filing a defamation suit when he was charged.
The prophet/pastor is known for a series of live social media broadcasts showing the apparent casting out of demons. The broadcasts attract hundreds of views and comments, many reflecting adulation for him.
This is the pastor’s second court issue as in September, 2023, he was ordered to compensate LaTecia James $10,000 after he was found to have defamed her during an alleged exorcism published on his church’s Facebook page.