Oklahoma DA moves to file charges against four local elders for not reporting child abuse! Worldwide Work money is being spent to DEFEND the locally charged child molester. Motions by the accused' attorney have been filed to end the case due to the statue of limitations. In Oklahoma the statue of limitations on the crime of child abuse, starts from the moment of disclosure, this happens to be when the victims came forward in 2013. For those reasons prosecution is moving forward to porsecute the accused and it appears will also allow charges to be placed against the local elders for not reporting the crime to authorities. It seems being an elder will not be as much fun as it once was, as elders are put in jail for following Service Department instructions to not report crimes against children. **
A second question might be when will the Service Department be prosecuted for covering up over 23,000 child molesters for decades? Time will tell as this case pushes the pebble up the hill to move in that direction. Remember each time you make a donation to Jehovah's Witnesses a few pennies of each dollar goes to the defense of accused and convicted peophiles like this one. To date millions of dollars of donated monies have went to prevent Jehovah's Witness child molesters from facing jail time while allowing them further access to children.
As a member or non member THINK, do you really wish to contribute to their defense fund?
**A brother reports-
One of the Elders that this article is referring in this cover up is praised by WT in the 1982 Watchtower. After a lengthy article on his life this elder gives this quote: *** w82 5/1 p. 6 In Search of Success ***
Jehovah’s Witnesses leadership maintains that they “abhor” child abuse and do not protect child molesters. In 2001 Silentlambs was started to give victims a voice and show how pedophiles were given sanctuary by their policies. This is yet another case in which five years (2005) after the fact, elders were advised to not report a predatory abuser that was serving as an elder. How did this person get reported? The victims came forward with no assistance from the elders to make this crime known. Now the elders are trying to impede a police investigation to protect yet another pedophile. To say you “abhor” child abuse and then help child molesters cover up crime shows that apparently the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses have created a new definition for the word. To them “abhor” means ‘Support Pedophile Paradise’ as proved by their actions see below….
February 4, 2014
By Jeanne LeFlore Staff Writer
McALESTER — “The entire church body of the Jehovah Witness Church” allegedly concealed child molestation crimes alleged against a man identified as a former church elder, according to a motion filed in Pittsburg County District Court.
Jehovah's Witness church elder Ronald Lawrence arrested over sex abuse claims dating back to 1980s
MCALESTER, Okla. - A 76-year-old McAlester man was arrested Tuesday on 19 counts of sexual abuse after police received claims he molested several children while in a position of authority more than 30 years ago.
McAlester police detectives were alerted to the alleged sexual crimes conducted by Ronald Lawrence back in August when his first accuser reported abuse at the hands of a Jehovah's Witness church leader.
A woman now in her 40s told detectives Lawrence, an elder at McAlester's Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, abused her when she was just eight years old, inviting her to his home, where he fondled her and raped her in his bathtub, according to her testimony found in Lawrence's arrest warrant, which was issued Tuesday.
Two other accusers, also in their 40s, then came forward with similar stories of abuse. Both said they were very young, with one telling investigators the molestation took place from the time she was 10 until she was 13 years old. She reported being assaulted in Lawrence's swimming pool, at the lake and in the janitor's closet at the First National Bank where he worked, his arrest warrant indicates.
Detectives spoke with Lawrence shortly after, on Oct. 25. Lawrence initially denied any sexual contact with two of the three, but admitted to at least some form of inappropriate behavior with one of the alleged victims.
"They shouldn't have [happened]," Lawrence told detectives during a recorded interview. "I'm sure and [it] may have been on purpose, I touched her."
Lawrence also said he was "dis-fellowshipped" from the Kingdom Hall after two allegations from within that community came to light. Lawrence even named another allegation involving a boy in the First National Bank basement, according to the affidavits. He refused to speak with investigators.
But after the interview in which Lawrence denied the majority of allegations facing him, he called a McAlester detective, the document states, to say he had confessed to the Kingdom Hall in 2005 that the claims of abuse were true in order to be reinstated into it.
According to Lawrence's arrest warrant, the elder did not believe the Kingdom Hall ever elected to tell law enforcement of the potential crimes. If officials did, in fact, withhold that information from authorities, they too could be prosecuted.
We reached out to McAlester's Kingdom Hall Tuesday evening, but our efforts were unsuccessful.
The district attorney's office is now in the process of determining what laws Lawrence might have broken that were in place in the 1980s. McAlester detectives are also exploring the possibility of more victims.
McAlester police arrest church elder accused of sexual abuse 30 years ago
By DYLAN GOFORTH World Staff Writer | Posted 14 hours ago
McALESTER -- McAlester police arrested a 76-year-old church elder Tuesday on allegations that he molested children at a McAlester church more than 30 years ago.
Ronald Lawrence was charged Tuesday with 11 counts of lewd molestation, five counts of forcible oral sodomy, two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of rape by instrumentation.
McAlester police Sgt. Chris Morris said a woman reported to police last month that she had been molested by Lawrence when she was a child. Morris said the alleged abuse took place more than 30 years ago.
Morris said police spoke with two other alleged victims during the month-long investigation. Police don't know what spurred the victims into coming forward but believe there could be more who might also want to speak with police now that the allegations have come to light.
"If someone had an incident happen and they want to tell us about it, we would be glad to talk to them," Morris said. "This is an ongoing investigation."
Morris said Lawrence, an elder at a Jehovah's Witnesses church in McAlester, admitted to police he "may have inappropriately touched" one of the victims.
A representative from the church was not immediately available Tuesday evening to discuss the allegations.
Church elder, 76, charged in 30 year old molestation case.
By Jeanne LeFlore
Posted: 11/26/2013 3:30 PM
A 76- year- old McAlester church elder was charged Tuesday for allegedly molesting three children more than 30 years ago, according to McAlester Police Sergeant Detective Chris Morris.
Lawrence who said he was an elder in the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall in McAlester was arrested by McAlester Police on Tuesday after several witnesses came forward this year alleging they were molested some 30 years ago.
In a recorded interview between Lawrence and McAlester Police detectives, Lawrence denied some of allegations but he did admit to molesting one girl.