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Bishop T.D. Jakes being stalked by former member of his church

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According to All Christian News on Feb. 17, Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of The Potter’s House Church in Dallas, Texas is being stalked by a former member of his church.

District Judge Susan McCoy has issued a temporary restraining order against Karleisha Tarver for stalking Jakes over the last three years. She was ordered not to come within 500 feet of Jakes, his family and employees.

A hearing for Tarver will be held on Feb. 24 to determine if further action should be taken against the woman. Tarver was excommunicated from the church in 2011, but she has tried to get into the church several times since then.

Tarver was arrested on Jan. 26 and charged with criminal trespass. She is being held on bail of $1,000 at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, Dallas.

Jakes has had enough after almost three years of Tarver showing up at the church. So he turned the situation over to the authorities after Tarver began showing up at his home.

Jakes' attorney, Faith Johnson, said he decided to again file a complaint against the seemingly confused Tarver because his patience was wearing thin and the incidents were escalating. Allegedly, she had shown up at the residence four times last month as well as trying to get near him at the church while he was preaching.

The woman was escorted from the church and from Jakes' house by security officers. On Jan. 7, the woman allegedly tried to run down a security officer with her car in the driveway of the church

During the last three years, Tarver has served 15 days in jail and six months in a mental institution.

According to court documents, Tarver has approach the church on at least three separate occasions in Jan. screaming obscenities at members.

Maybe the woman just wants to become a part of Jakes' congregation again, but she is going about it the wrong way.

Hopefully, this situation will be resolved soon before it escalates to something bigger.


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