Monterey priest, church must pay $149,500 in defamation case

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A Superior Court jury decided a Monterey Episcopal church and priest must pay $149,500 for defaming a parishioner in what was described as church gossip run amok.

Rayn Random, 73, sued the Rev. William Martin and St. John's Episcopal Church in Monterey for telling other church members she pursued him sexually and that she was really a man with fake breasts.

“I'm so glad it's over. It's been a long four and a half years,” Random said after Wednesday's verdict.

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