Jimmy McCloskey, Metro UK, August 17, 2018
A self-styled ‘prophet’ raped a 13 year-old child 10 times outside her own school and terrified her into staying silent by threatening her with voodoo magic, police say.
Ricardo Strachan allegedly mollested the girl in his car while it was parked outside Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Strachan, 40, is said to have targeted his victim over 36 times between January and December 2016, according to the Sun Sentinel.
He is further accused of frightening the youngster into silence by making her steal clothes and trinkets from her family that he could use in voodoo rituals.
Strachan reportedly told the girl his wife was a cop who had a gun, with her alleged ordeal finally ending when she told a cousin what had been going on.
Her abuser is said to have been introduced to the teen by a friend who is also said to have raped the child at least 60 times between December 2015 and December 2016.
A medical exam showed evidence of sexual abuse, with the girl’s school records showing lateness and absences which matched up to the times of the alleged rapes.
Strachan is described online as president of Prophetic Worshipers International Church in Lauderhill.
The church has distanced himself from him, and told the Sun Sentinel he left a year ago.
Strachan’s lawyer Lawrence Hashish added that he ‘completely denied’ a felony child abuse charge, adding: ‘He might be a prophet, I don’t know.
‘We’re looking forward to our day in court to challenge these allegations.
Strachan is being held in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.