A Baltimore man, who along with his wife sought marriage counseling from their minister, filed suit yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court alleging the clergyman had sexual relations with the wife and fathered two of her children.
Walter M. Jackson is seeking $1 million in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages from Melvin H. Shird, the Solid Rock Apostolic Faith Church, Inc., and the Pentecostal Churches of Apostolic Faith Association, Inc. The Jacksons have since left the church.
The suit charges that Mr. Shird misrepresented himself, was negligent and intentionally inflicted severe emotional damage on Jackson.
Violet Shird, who succeeded her husband as minister of the Solid Rock Apostolic Faith Church and answered the telephone at the Shird home yesterday, would not comment on the suit.