BISHOP DOGGED BY ABUSE ALLEGATIONS DIES
Bishop Earl Paulk, a charismatic preacher brought down by a series of sex scandals, hasdied. He was 81. Paulk's success as a preacher was overshadowed time and again byallegations of sexual impropriety. One allegation ended in a civil suit that was settled outof court in 2003. The accuser said Paulk molested her when she was a child. A secondwoman claimed the bishop forced her into a 14-year affair. She filed, withdrew and refiled asuit. During a deposition the bishop said under oath the woman was the only one he slept withoutside of marriage. But a court-ordered paternity test showed that he also fathered a childwith his sister-in-law. Other allegations, some true, some unfounded, cost the churchmembership, as worshippers dwindled from 10,000 to about 1,000.