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Cobb megachurch leader surrenders to authorities

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Archbishop Earl Paulk, longtime pastor of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at Chapel Hill Harvester Church, in January pleaded guilty to felony perjury in a case that stems from a lawsuit by a former church employee, who alleged the minister manipulated her into an affair from 1989 to 2003. Mona Brewer said Paulk told her the affair was her only path to salvation.

A Cobb County Superior Court judge fined the 80-year-old Paulk $1,000 and placed him on probation for 10 years.

In a 2006 deposition for that lawsuit, Paulk said under oath that Brewer was the only woman he’d ever had sex with outside of his marriage. A court-ordered paternity test revealed that Paulk was the father of his brother’s son, D.E. Paulk, who now heads the church. As part of Brewer’s lawsuit, eight women have testified that Earl Paulk coerced them into sexual relationships.

The church, which at one time claimed 10,000 members, is down to about 1,500 due to sex scandals involving the archbishop and his brother.

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