A third lawsuit has been filed against New Birth Missionary Baptist Church pastor Eddie Long, claiming Long lured a former congregant into a sexual relationship in exchange for gifts and lavish trips.
Jamal Parris, a 23-year-old former church congregant now living in Colorado Springs, Colo., claims Long lured him into a relationship in his teens after his mother joined the church around 2001, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in State Court of DeKalb County.
Long faces two similar lawsuits filed yesterday. Anthony Flagg, 20, and Maurice Robinson, 21, in separate suits, claim Long forced the them into sexual acts in return for money, cars and trips.
The suit alleges that the sexual encounters began when both were 16 years old. The encounters began after both men were enrolled in Longfellow Youth Academy. Flagg was 16 and Robinson was 14 when they entered the Academy.
According to the website, the Longfellow Youth Academy’s vision is “training our youth to live, love and lead.”
Parris’ lawsuit seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.