Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Charges dismissed in McDonald County sex cult case
McDonald County Prosecuting Attorney Janice Durbin dismissed all charges today against Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church minister Raymond Lambert.
Lambert, 53, had been charged with four counts of child molestation, three counts of statutory sodomy, and one count of child abuse in connection with alleged ritual sex with children.
A grand jury indicted Lambert in February, after dismissing the charges against him in November 2007. Charges had been dismissed earlier against Lambert's wife, Patty, her brothers (and Lambert's stepbrothers) Paul and Tom Epling, and Tom Epling's wife Laura.
Today's decision marks the second time Ms. Durbin has given reluctance of witnesses as the reason for dropping charges. After the first time, the lawyer for the witnesses indicated that was not the case.
A more thorough report on Lambert was provided by National Public Radio and was cited in the Dec. 16, 2006, Turner Report.