Petersburg pastor accused of assaulting his daughter

Published: May. 17, 2011 at 2:34 AM EDT|Updated: May. 17, 2011 at 12:41 PM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A longtime Petersburg pastor is in trouble with the law in Chesterfield accused of assaulting his adult daughter.

Jeffrey Reaves, Sr. was arrested last Friday and charged with misdemeanor assault and batter.

NBC12 obtained a copy of the arrest warrant for Pastor Reaves. Police said he was never jailed on the misdemeanor charge.

The allegations caught some parishioners by surprise.

Parishioners arrived at Good Shepherd Baptist Church either speechless, astonished or not aware of the assault charge against their Pastor, Jeffrey Reaves.

(He's accused of assaulting his own daughter) "I have no idea, don't know anything about it," said one woman.

Darrell Warren's jaw dropped at the allegation.

"I know nothing about that. (You look surprised,) I am I know nothing about that one.  You can find that hard to believe," said Warren.

According to the arrest warrant, Reaves is accused of assaulting his daughter last Friday.  Church staff said Reaves was with his congregation on Sunday, but had no further comment.

"You got to learn how to be cool, calm and collected in the midst of a crisis," said Pastor Reaves in a sermon.

The sermons are televised weekly.

Court documents show he has strong community ties.  The Bronx, New York native has been with Good Shepherd for 17 years.  He has no prior criminal record.

Besides his daughter, Reaves also has a son.

"I never heard anything about him abusing his kids never no," said Warren.

A knock at his front door on Stoney Creek Court in Chester went unanswered. He didn't return calls for comment.

Neighbors haven't seen him.

"We saw three cop cars the other day last week," said one neighbor.

A longtime church member told me by phone Pastor Reaves is an honorable man and this should be a private family matter.

He went on and said Pastor Reaves loves his 21 year old daughter and she feels the same way about her father.

Reaves is expected in court for a pre-trial hearing Thursday morning.

His trial is scheduled for next month.

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