New Orleans pastor faces sexual contact on plane charge


December 02, 2019

By JONATHAN BLEME (WTDN) — The president of a Louisiana bible college has been charged with sexually assaulting a student on a flight from Israel to New Jersey.  Cornelius Tilton, 65, of New Orleans, was seated next to a 19-year-old man on a flight from Tel Aviv to Newark at Liberty International Airport, according to federal prosecutors.  Prosecutors allege that Tilton touched the student inappropriately and grabbed the student's hand, allegedly forcing the victim's hand to touch Tilton in a sexual manner.  

When the plan arrived in Newark on Saturday, Tilton was arrested by FBI agents, and was charged with abusive sexual contact.  He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Monday.  If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison.

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According to a biography for Cornnelius Tilton on The Irish Channel Christian Fellowship website, Tilton is a native of New Orleans, a graduate of Dillard University in Business Administration and French and Christian Bible College of Louisiana in Theology.  The biography also says that he has previously served as associate pastor at the First Holly Grove Baptist Church and the St. John Baptist Church of New Orleans; he is former chairman of N.O. Area Habitat for Humanity, the N.O. Mission and Prison Fellowship Ministries; he is a nationally certified in-prison seminar instructor and trainer; and he is chair of the New Orleans Ethics Review Board and General President of Christian Bible College of Louisiana.  Tilton is married to the former Carolyn LeBrane and has four adult children and six grandchildren, according to the biography. 

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