As members of the Indianapolis City-County Council prepare to choose a President this evening, a new cloud has arisen over one of the contenders.

Marion County Court records show a more than $14,000 default judgment against Messiah Missionary Baptist Church that was entered into this past summer.

Clay is the senior pastor and head of the church.  He is also listed as the Church’s registered agent.

The Church initially entered into an agreement with GE Capital Information Technology for computer and technology services. According to court records, the Church had made lease payments for the equipment and services for about a year back in 2013 but then stopped.

Cach, LLC later acquired the past due account and sued Messiah back in October of 2016.

The default judgment was entered in August of 2017.

A default judgment occurs when a defendant either fails or chooses not to respond to a lawsuit that has been filed against them.

Clay is already the subject of allegations of sexual misconduct against a former Indianapolis resident. As first reported here on Indy Politics, 30-year Jonathan Bryant accused Clay of groping his penis when he was 14-years old while staying overnight at Clay’s home. Clay has denied the charges, calling them politically motivated.

The Council meets at 7 p.m.   Clay is challenging incumbent President Maggie Lewis for the position.