TAMPA — Last week, the 22-year-old Georgia man who is suing Without Walls International Church and the head pastor's son held a press conference outside the mega-church to air his complaints of racial discrimination.
Joshua Brian Randolph is on probation in Georgia for impersonating an officer, and he didn't have permission from authorities there to leave that state.
On Monday, probation officials requested a warrant for Randolph's arrest, according to Sharmelle Brooks, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Corrections.
"He is not to leave the state without permission from his probation officer. It has now been verified that he did so," Brooks wrote in an e-mail to the St. Petersburg Times.
Randolph previously pleaded guilty in 2007 to impersonating an officer in Hall County. He is on probation until January 2011, records show.
Reached Monday evening, he wouldn't comment about the potential probation violation.
Was he still in Florida?
"I am not," he said.
Randolph claims that Brandon White, the son of Without Walls pastor Paula White, called him the N-word in e-mails after Randolph arrived in Tampa last summer to work for the church.
The church and Brandon White deny any such behavior, suggesting that Randolph posed as White in the e-mails. Attorney Barry Cohen, representing the church, said Randolph was motivated by money.
Cohen laughed Monday when he heard that Randolph may have violated his probation by being in Florida.
"I called him a dysfunctional misfit earlier, and the evidence is piling up to support that," Cohen said.
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