TD Jakes’ Son Charged With Indecent Exposure

Should pastor’s sons also be held to a higher standard of accountability?

Feb 12, 2009 4:11 pm US/Central

TD Jakes’ Son Charged With Indecent Exposure

Jermaine Jakes, son of The Potter’s House pastor T.D. Jakes, has been arrested and charged with indecent exposure.

According to a Dallas Police Department arrest warrant affidavit obtained by CBS 11 News, Jakes exposed himself to two undercover vice detectives at Keist Park on Jan. 3.

The affidavit says Jakes walked up to one of the detectives at the park with his pants unzipped.  Jakes then began to masturbate while making eye contact with the detective, according to the affidavit.

The detectives arrested Jakes on a charge of indecent exposure.

Late Wednesday evening, CBS 11 News received a statement from Faith Johnson, an attorney for Jermaine Jakes.  The statement read:

“We are aware of potential allegations involving Jermaine Jakes and are undertaking our own investigation of these allegations at this time.  Given an apparent government investigation, we have no further comment at this time.”

Thursday morning, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kimberlee Leach said Jermaine Jakes surrendered to law enforcement authorities earlier in the day.  Jakes turned himself in at a local jail, Leach said, but she did not know which jail. 

After his surrender Thursday morning, a judge released Jakes on a personal recognizance bond.

Various reports have identified Jermaine Jakes as the son of T.D. Jakes and also as his step-son.  Faith Johnson, the attorney, told CBS 11 News he was T.D. Jakes’ step-son.  But on Thursday afternoon we talked to Curtis Coats III, who is the Chief of Communications for The Potter’s House.  Coats said at various times T.D. Jakes has identified Jermaine using both terms, and told us either is acceptable. -END-

Here is an excerpt directly from the Dallas Arrest Warrant Affidavit….

On January 3, 2009, at about 10:10pm, Detectives X, and X, of the Dallas Police Department Vice Unit, were working in an undercover capacity at 2106 W. Kiest Blvd in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.

Detectives X, and X were conducting an investigation regarding citizen complaints of sexual activity occurring at Kiest Park located at 2106 W. Kiest Blvd. Detectives X and X both parked their vehicles in the parking lot on the east side of the park. Detectives X and X observed suspect Jakes and several other unknown males park their vehicles in the parking lot. Detective X observed suspect Jakes enter the wooded area. Suspect Jakes remained in the wooded area for several minutes.

Detective X and Detective X entered the wooded area. Suspect Jakes walked directly over to where Detective X was, and stood next to Detective X with his…. END QUOTE QUICKLY!!!!

Click here to read the rest of the arrest warrant affidavit.
Be warned that the language and details in the affidavit are graphic.

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