Ga. Reconstructionist Pleads Guilty to Perjury in Sex-Scandal Lawsuit

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A Georgia minister tied to the radical Christian Reconstructionist movement has admitted he lied under oath about a sexual relationship he had with his brother's wife.

Earl Paulk Jr., formerly pastor of Chapel Hill Harvester Church in Atlanta, testified during a legal proceeding that he did not have a sexual relationship with his brother's wife, Clariece Paulk. But a court-ordered DNA test found that Paulk is the father of Clariece's son, Donnie Earl Paulk. Donnie Earl Paulk, who now heads the church, grew up believing Earl Paulk was his uncle.

The DNA test results conflict with statements Earl Paulk made under oath in 2005 during a civil lawsuit filed by Bobby and Mona Brewer, leading the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into the possibility of perjury.

Mona Brewer claimed that Earl Paulk coerced her into a 14-year affair by convincing her that her salvation depended on having sex with him.

Under oath during a deposition in the case, Paulk admitted to the affair with Brewer but insisted it was the only one he had had.

Paulk, 80, turned himself in to authorities in Cobb County Jan. 15 after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years of probation and fined $1,000.

This is not the first time Paulk has faced charges of sexual misconduct. In December, Paulk's granddaughter, Penielle White, told an Atlanta television station that Paulk inappropriately touched her and a friend, Jessica Battle, years ago when the two were 8 years old.

Paulk denies the allegations, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted the claim is "the latest in years of allegations of sexual misconduct by Bishop Earl Paulk. …