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October 1, 2002

ALBANY- Twenty nine-year-old Charles Luke is charged with rape, aggravated sexual battery, and sodomy.  He's the preacher at First African Baptist Church in Sylvester.

Reverend Luke was arrested at his Dougherty County home Monday after a 30-year-old Albany woman told police Luke raped her on Rosebriar Avenue Sunday night.

A Deacon at the church says Luke preached at the church Sunday, but was not there Tuesday for a funeral, because he's still  at the Dougherty County jail.

He says church members are praying for guidance in their time of despair.

posted at 6:10 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com