Identified in court documents as only Jane Doe, the woman filed a multi-million dollar civil lawsuit in Texas alleging United Methodist Minister Kendall Graham sexually abused her for years starting when she was 14 years old.
From the Houston office of her attorney, Doe read a prepared statement that said, “He had complete control over my mind and my body. We lived as husband and wife in private, but in public I had to call him daddy.”
According to the lawsuit, Graham and his wife moved Doe into their home after her mother died. At the time, Doe was age 10, and Graham was ministering at a church in Port Arthur. The lawsuit says that Graham began to sexually abuse her while he was a pastor of Boynton United Methodist Church in Houston, and that he made a video of their sexual relations. During a church-sponsored trip to Jamaica, church members allegedly complained to officials about inappropriate contact between Graham and Doe. Doe’s attorney said the church was negligent as it took no steps to protect Doe.
According to KHOU news, Graham and his wife divorced, and in 2009, Jane Doe gave birth to a child and married Graham. Graham filed for divorce from Doe last year.
In the lawsuit, Doe is seeking $25 million in damages.