Witnesses, mother take stand in former pastor molestation trial - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

Witnesses, mother take stand in former pastor molestation trial

Posted: Updated:

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A former South Florida pastor charged with molestation teared up in court Monday as his mother and supporters took the stand in an attempt to clear his name.

Fifty-year-old Jefferey London is accused of sexually molesting more than eight boys over the course of 10 years. Monday, several witnesses said they never saw the pastor acting inappropriately with any of the alleged victims.

After a quick opening statement that lasted just over three minutes, the defense began calling up the list of character witnesses. Many of them said London cared for the boys who came to him for help and only tried to help them.

When asked if anyone called her asking about any inappropriate activity, London's mother, Clara London, said, "Never, never. No indication of anything going on in the house, never,"

According to the prosecution, Mario Francois spoke differently during his deposition. When he was asked if he had seen any boys under the covers with London, Francois said, yes.

Monday, Francois was asked about the deposition and if he was sticking to his response to if he saw any of the boys under the covers with London. "Yeah, we watched TV," he said. "No problem."

Courtney Brown also took the stand in London's defense and mentioned how London changed his life. He was asked if he had been sent to London to improve himself. Brown replied, "Yes, and it did."

Brown stayed in London's home sporadically for several years. As he continued to speak positively about his former mentor, the defendant began to cry. When asked if he had seen any sexual activity in the home, Brown responded, "Not at all."

Brown also went on to say that the alleged victims, who he knew very well, never said anything about any abuse. "Never once have anyone come and said that to me," he said.

Last week, Prosecutors said London sent explicit text messages to the boys. The defense tried to prove that London did not always have his phone in his possession.

Kadisha McKnight, who knows London, said she called London once or twice a week and at times another person would answer her calls.

London is expected to take the stand in his own defense Tuesday. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

  • On Deco DriveMore>>

  • Lynn's Hot Vacation Pictures

    Lynn's Hot Vacation Pictures

     Check out Lynn Martinez's family vacation pictures featuring her mother.

     Check out Lynn Martinez's family vacation pictures featuring her mother.

  • Kevin Cameron

    Kevin Cameron

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:37:43 GMT
    Tell Chris Brown and Usher to move over and make some room. A new R&B love man wants a part of the action. Miami homeboy Kevin Cameron has got the moves, the voice and what it takes to make his dreams come true.
    Tell Chris Brown and Usher to move over and make some room. A new R&B love man wants a part of the action. Miami homeboy Kevin Cameron has got the moves, the voice and what it takes to make his dreams come true.
  • Hercules - The Demigod Next Door

    Hercules - The Demigod Next Door

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:41 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:41:32 GMT
    "Hercules" star Dwayne Johnson."Hercules" star Dwayne Johnson.
    Here at Deco we've always treated The Rock like a god. Thanks to his new movie "Hercules," the rest of the world will soon be, too. But don't worry; he's keeping his humanity front and center. Deco goddess Shireen is here with the details.
    Here at Deco we've always treated The Rock like a god. Thanks to his new movie "Hercules," the rest of the world will soon be, too. But don't worry; he's keeping his humanity front and center. Deco goddess Shireen is here with the details.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

    Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:43:04 GMT
    The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other...
    The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents...
  • Prosecutor: Doctor fired back at hospital gunman

    Prosecutor: Doctor fired back at hospital gunman

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:41:52 GMT
    Police in suburban Philadelphia are investigating a shooting at a hospital campus and say they have reports people have been injured and a suspect is in custody.
    A doctor wounded by a patient in a deadly shooting at a suburban hospital campus returned fire and wounded the patient, authorities said.
  • Walsh campaign: Senator won't withdraw from race

    Walsh campaign: Senator won't withdraw from race

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:16:39 GMT
    Sen. John Walsh said his unattributed use of others' work in his master's thesis was not plagiarism but "a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper" that he blamed in part on...
    Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid allegations he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him...
Powered by WorldNow

WSVN-TV
Sunbeam Television Corp
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141

Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSVN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.