Jehovah’s Witnesses let ‘repentant’ child sex abusers return to church

The Guardian

Australian Associated Press
Sunday 2 August 2015

The Jehovah’s Witnesses church let “repentant” child sex abusers return to the congregation, who were then kept in the dark about their crimes, an alleged abuse victim has claimed.

John de Rooy, an elder in a Mareeba, Queensland, congregation in the early 1990s, was on a church judicial committee which heard a complaint from a woman who alleged her father had abused her and her three sisters.

The woman, given the pseudonym BCG, has given evidence her father repeatedly sexually abused her but the church’s committee found her allegations were unproven.

Last week BCG said the elders refused to accept the evidence of her sisters or her mother.

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