Questions Surround Jehovah’s Witness HQ and Allegations of Sex Abuse


[with audio]

Dec 29, 2016

A years-long investigation into allegations of child sex abuse in the Jehovah’s Witness organization has also uncovered a culture of secrecy at its Watchtower headquarters in Brooklyn.

Last summer, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, developer Jared Kushner, bought the property. The Jehovah’s Witnesses, meanwhile, have been building a massive compound upstate in Warwick, New York, where they plan to relocate.

Trey Bundy, a reporter for Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting, has been investigating the Watchtower for two years. Watchtower leaders refused to talk to him, but he was able to talk to a former insider about it.

“It’s the nerve-center of a multi-billion dollar corporation that has interests in publishing, in real-estate….it’s the head of a religion with eight million members, but it’s this very secretive place,” he said.

Bundy says the Jehovah’s Witnesses also have a database that potentially contains the names of thousands of child sex abusers.

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.