During the past three years, well-known televangelist and minister T.D. Jakes has been stalked by a woman and former church member who has come to his home several times, and during one of the incidents reportedly tried to hit a security officer with her car.
Jakes filed a lawsuit against Karleisha Tarver in Tarrant County civil court on On Friday, state District Judge Susan McCoy extended a temporary restraining order against Tarver until a Feb. 24 hearing to determine whether a temporary injunction should be issued ordering her to stay away from the pastor.
McCoy also issued a bench warrant for Tarver, who is in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center after she was arrested Jan. 26 for criminal trespassing when she reportedly tried to attend services at The Potter’s House in Dallas. Her bond was set at $1,000.
McCoy found that the temporary restraining was necessary because Tarver — who is listed as Karleisha Washington in Dallas County jail records — could take actions that “may ultimately lead to the death of one of the plaintiffs, their family, their friends, church attendees and/or staff.”
Jakes’ attorney, Faith Johnson, said: “I would love to comment, but I can’t because this case is pending.”
No attorney was listed for Tarver in the Dallas County jail records.
Jakes, a nationally recognized televangelist, author and moviemaker, is pastor of the 30,000-member Potter’s House in Dallas. He opened The Potter’s House of Fort Worth last year on a 7.7-acre campus at Woodhaven Boulevard and Bridge Street, just north of Interstate 30. Previously, church services were at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
Jakes lives on an estate in east Fort Worth.
Court documents give detailed descriptions of incidents in which Tarver showed up at Jakes’ home and at the Potter’s House churches in Fort Worth and Dallas beginning in 2011 and continuing through January of this year.
Tarrant County criminal court records show that Tarver was convicted of criminal trespassing in 2012 and sentenced to 15 days in jail.
Jakes’ lawsuit states that the woman was also sentenced to a mental institution for six months in 2012.
The harassment reportedly began in March 2011, when she showed up at Jakes’ Tarrant County home and walked up to the front door. Security officers escorted her from the property.
In late March 2011, Tarver showed up at the Potter’s House in Dallas to attend Sunday services, and was escorted from the church.
In May 2011, she was “ex-communicated” from the Potter’s House in Dallas. But in July, Tarver showed up for a Bible study at the Fort Worth church where she “yelled out” twice and was escorted out by security officers because she refused to be quiet. Fort Worth police issued a criminal trespassing citation, according to the lawsuit.
Last April, Tarver again tried to attend the Potter’s House in Dallas and was cited for criminal trespassing, according to the lawsuit.