PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A local minister was arrested and charged with rape involving a victim he mentored.
Det. Misty Holley with the Portsmouth Police Department said Trevon Boone, 39, of Chesapeake turned himself into authorities Tuesday. According to police, Boone came into contact with the victim while he was a minister at a local church.
“Boone began to mentor the victim, and during that time, he is alleged to have forced her to have sex with him,” Holley said in a release.
According to court documents, the alleged crime happened sometime between September 2012 and January 2013 when Boone lived in Portsmouth. The victim told police she spent the night at Boone’s home, and in the middle of the night, he came into the room where she was sleeping and raped her. The victim was 17-years-old at the time.
Holley said Boone is now a minister at Tabernacle Baptist Outreach Center in Suffolk.
WAVY has confirmed he is out of jail on bond.
Members at Tabernacle Baptist Outreach Center declined to comment Wednesday. No one answered the door at Boone’s home.
Boone’s attorney, Michael Massie, said Boone plans to fight the charges in court. He said his client is due back in court on June 18 and that he may speak to Boone’s congregation on his behalf.
Police are still investigating the case and are asking anyone with information to call the Portsmouth Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit at 757-393-8536.