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A former member of the Jehovah Witness congregation will appear in court next week after he was charged with sexually assaulting four boys.

The charges stem from ongoing investigations linked to the Royal Commission into institutional child sexual offences.

Police allege between 1993 to 2013, the 44-year-old man sexually assaulted four boys aged between 14 and 16 at the time of the offences.

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There will likely be more prosecutions in the aftermath of the ARC, @Barbara Snook. This is a good thing. This former JW may have been targeting 'worldly' children since he left the Org. Other unreported molesters may still be active members of congregations. Former JW or current JW, what has been hidden is coming to light and, if convicted, the community should be that little bit safer. Also, if you really don't like these kinds of news stories - and the thread title was sufficiently clear

A former member of the Jehovah Witness congregation will appear in court next week after he was charged with sexually assaulting four boys. The charges stem from ongoing investigations linked to the Royal Commission into institutional child sexual offences. Police allege between 1993 to 2013, the 44-year-old man sexually assaulted four boys aged between 14 and 16 at the time of the offences. READ MORE:  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden conten

Are we ashamed when we hear or read about these types of news lines? Why? Are we perfect? Does this type of thing not occur inside our organization also? To shy away from it and not clean it from our midst is wrong to know that it is being taken care of by our judiciary inside the congregation and by Caesar,is refreshing. To any who thinks having this brought to their attention is weak. Paul brought things of this sort to the congregation's attention, and we are taught this was for the bettermen

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Why do you put stuff like this in here? I don't need to see that someone has been a child molester, what ever his FORMER religion was!!! If he had been a Baptist,Catholic, Methedist would it have been mentioned? But this way makes it look like his former religion is to blame for his actions. Please refrain from using this type of reporting.

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There will likely be more prosecutions in the aftermath of the ARC, @Barbara Snook. This is a good thing. This former JW may have been targeting 'worldly' children since he left the Org. Other unreported molesters may still be active members of congregations. Former JW or current JW, what has been hidden is coming to light and, if convicted, the community should be that little bit safer.

Also, if you really don't like these kinds of news stories - and the thread title was sufficiently clear on what it was about - then choose not to read them! :)

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5 hours ago, Ann O'Maly said:

There will likely be more prosecutions

I have no delight whatsoever in the fact that persons with the effrontery to have called themselves JWs, former or otherwise, are receiving public attention for these despicable crimes. 

It is a shameful stain on the reputation of the majority of Witnesses that abhor such behaviour and who work hard to care for their families in the face of unjustified criticism and prejudice. And I feel for those brothers who find themselves faced with the unacceptable face of depravity and sympathise with their inadequacy in dealing with these debauched crimes. We are living in a society capable of such criminality that even our hardened (by experience) judges are moved to tears (

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However, I applaud the fact that these person's crimes have have been exposed and that now they will learn the meaning of Rom.13:4 when it says that "it is not without purpose that it [Caesar] bears the sword".  :(

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Are we ashamed when we hear or read about these types of news lines? Why? Are we perfect? Does this type of thing not occur inside our organization also? To shy away from it and not clean it from our midst is wrong to know that it is being taken care of by our judiciary inside the congregation and by Caesar,is refreshing. To any who thinks having this brought to their attention is weak. Paul brought things of this sort to the congregation's attention, and we are taught this was for the betterment of the person and the congregation. So why is it not the same today? Knowing this is happening or has happened and we are doing something about it! Amongst JW in the past and now. Until this system ends we will have such problems, we are sinful people. Nothing has changed!

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