Greater Tabernacle of Faith Apostolic Church

Anderson H. Martin II, of Bluefield, was indicted on third-degree sexual assault and second-degree sexual abuse last week by a Mercer County Grand Jury. Martin is the pastor of the Greater Tabernacle of Faith Apostolic Church located at the corner of Preston and Bland streets, seen here.

BLUEFIELD — The pastor of a Bluefield church has been charged with sex crimes involving a 25-year-old mentally incapacitated man, Bluefield Police Department officials said Monday.

Anderson H. Martin II, of Bluefield, was indicted on third-degree sexual assault and second-degree sexual abuse last week by a Mercer County Grand Jury.

Martin is the pastor of the Greater Tabernacle of Faith Apostolic Church located at the corner of Preston and Bland streets, Detective-Sgt. K.L. Adams, with the Bluefield Police Department, said.

Adams said the victim is a 25-year-old male, but has the mental capacity of a 10- to 12- year-old.

The incident involving the charges occurred in March when the defendant picked the victim up at his residence to “take him out,” according to a criminal complaint filed by Adams.

Adams said the victim and his family thought they would be going out to play video games or shopping.

Instead, Adams said in his complaint that Martin took the victim to his residence where he made him shower and then molested him under the guise of teaching him how to wash himself properly.

In the criminal complaint, Adams said Martin admitted during an interview that he picked up the victim “with intent to bring him to his home to take a bath.”

“Martin said he had to explain to (the victim) how to wash his body,” including his genitals, Adams stated in the complaint. “Martin denied ever touching (the victim) during this.”

Adams’ report also noted that a sexual assault examination was performed on the victim that showed signs of penetration.

During the course of the investigation, Adam’s also stated that he and other members of the Bluefield Police Department were called out to a complaint of the victim’s male guardian leaving his residence “armed with a baseball bat.”

“Officers located (the guardian) walking to the residence of Anderson Martin with intent to harm Martin,” the complaint stated. “Officers spoke with (the guardian) urging him to allow law enforcement to handle the investigation. (The guardian) agreed to return home without an incident occurring.”

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