State seeking public help in Sussex Co. sex abuse case

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ELLENDALE, Del. – The Delaware Department of Justice is asking for the public’s help regarding the prosecution of a Sussex County pastor.

We’re told Major Foster, a Lincoln man who was employed as a pastor of Ellendale’s Philadelphia Pentecostal Holiness Church, is facing pending charges after inappropriately touching multiple women.

Foster was indicted in November 2021 by a Sussex County grand jury on three counts of third degree unlawful sexual contact. The investigation came following multiple reports that, between 2013 and 2020, Foster tried to use scripture to coerce female parishioners into sexual relationships, made inappropriate comments, and instigated prolonged hugs during which he made inappropriate sexual contact with the victims. Foster was also charged with offensive touching for pushing a victim’s husband when confronted.

The State was aware of three victims at the time of Foster’s original indictment, however, prosecutors say they now have reason to believe that there may be additional unidentified victims.

“I am grateful to the women who have come forward to the Delaware State Police and our prosecutors,” said Attorney General Jennings. “We have reason to believe that Foster’s alleged years long pattern of abuse includes as yet unreported, additional instances. We ask that any additional victims or witnesses with information come forward. We will be there to support you.”

The State is requesting any additional victims or anyone who has additional information about the case to contact Detective L. Coleman with Delaware State Police Troop 4 at 302-752-3813.

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