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Grand Jury Will Not Charge Televangelist Perry Stone

Although Stone admitted to acting inappropriately, grand jury rules the FBI investigation lacks enough evidence to charge him

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There is not enough evidence against televangelist Perry Stone to charge him with sexual misconduct, according to the recent ruling by a Bradley County grand jury in Tennessee.

District Attorney Stephen Crump said that despite the ruling, he would keep the case file open in case new information becomes available. The FBI began investigating Stone in 2021, after four women said they were victims of sexual misconduct by Stone. The district attorney presented investigation findings to the grand jury last March.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Crump, who requested the investigation, expressed his concern over the nature of the accusations and the provided evidence. “I was concerned with the nature of the allegations and the evidence that was produced,” he said.

MinistryWatch earlier reported that the FBI was also gathering information about Stone’s finances and his connections to local law enforcement.

Since 2018, Stone’s ministry Voice of Evangelism has given the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office more than $36,000 for the purchase of body cameras and in-car cameras. In addition, the Chattanooga Times said Stone and his ministries regularly hire several off-duty sheriff’s office employees to provide security for events.

Perry Stone Ministries did not respond to requests from MinistryWatch for comment at the time of publication.

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Jessica Eturralde

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