There have been all kinds of churches, priests, pastors, and others in religious communities caught up in one scandal or another. But, some have seemed to be immune to any shady goings on….until now.
Jehovah’s Witness has to be one of the most diligent church communities in existence. They are almost as dependable as the mailman…rain, sleet or snow. But, a community of the Kingdom Hall in Fremont, California, were involved in a cover-up of one of their members, Jonathan Kendrick, being a sex offender, according to MSNBC. The cover-up resulted in Kendric having access to a child, who is now a young woman, Candace Conti.
Conti sued the church for Kendrick sexually abusing her in the 1990s when she was only 9-years-old. Details of her lawsuit state that the sexual abuse took place over a two-year period. Kendrick was also convicted of abusing another girl in 2004, and is now registered as a sex offender. He has not been arrested of the crimes against Conti, but the case is under investigation.
The church is outraged at the judgment in Conti’s favor in the amount of $20 million. Conti’s lawyer Rick Simons, said that the judgment in Conti’s favor is:
“one of the largest in the country for a child sex abuse single victim in a religious institution molestation case.”
The report also states a shocking element that may have won the case for Conti:
“The lawsuit alleged that Watchtower had a policy that instructed elders in its Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations to keep reports of child sex abusers within the religious group secret to avoid lawsuits.”
If that is true, how do they justify such a community law? That is a very bizarre law to have on their books. If the state wants everyone to know you’re a sex offender, what is the purpose of the church hiding it? Good for her!
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