JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – A judge has denied a third bail application for Paul Dyal, a former Jacksonville church pastor charged with capital sexual assault.
In her order, the judge said Dyal’s health issues are not an emergency and that he is receiving adequate medical care at the jail. Dyal has a court appearance on Wednesday, which is a status conference.
Dyal, who was pastoring the Jacksonville Body of Christ Assembly on Old Kings Road North, was arrested in March in a coordinated raid on the church.
“The investigation revealed both long-term sexual and physical abuse of minors in the church over a period of more than thirty years,” the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said in its original press release. JSO said the investigation began in September 2020 after he received a tip.
In August, lawyers tried to convince a judge to set bail and conditions for his release.
A doctor who reviewed Dyal’s records told the judge his “heart disease is multiple” and includes coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stage 3 kidney disease and diabetes.
Dyal reportedly underwent open-heart surgery in 2016 and suffered a leaky heart valve. Dr Alberto Castiel, of Orange Park, said Dyal’s condition requires intensive and aggressive medical attention, and if Dyal remains in prison his condition will worsen until his death.
Attorney Mitch Stone told the judge Dyal’s time in jail was a “ticking time bomb” as he waited for the case to go to trial, which Stone said would likely take more than a year. Stone told the judge that Dyal was not at risk of fleeing due to his health issues.
Dyal recently underwent a psychological evaluation and Stone said the psychologist found that Dyal’s mental health was now affected by his deteriorating condition.
However, the state’s attorney’s office insisted that Dyal was receiving adequate medical care in prison and pointed out that UF Health was only three miles away in case of an emergency. The prosecutor suggested the defense was exaggerating Dyal’s health issues in an effort to secure bail and noted that the last time Dyal saw his own doctor he updated his prescriptions and was asked to return for another appointment in five months.
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