Lawsuit filed against Jehovah’s Witness congregation alleges sexual abuse


cut 2 cut 3 formal open A JEHOVA’S WITNESS CONGREGATION FACING ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE. GOOD EVENING, I’M GEORGE MALLET AND I’M STEPHANIE GORIN. BY NOW — THE STORY MIGHT SOUND FAMILIAR — BUT THIS TIME — IT INVOLVES THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESS CHURCH — AND ITS CONGREGATION IN BELLOWS FALLS, VERMONT. THE CHURCH — AND ITS NATIONAL ELDERS — TODAY HIT WITH TWIN LAWSUITS – STEMMING FROM ALLEGED SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN. WPTZ’S STEWART LEDBETTER IS IN BURLINGTON WITH THE DETAILS OF THE CASE. STEW? TODAY — DOCUMENTS FILED HERE IN FEDERAL COURT ON BEHALF OF A YOUNG WOMAN — ACCUSED A CHURCH REPRESENTATIVE OF SEXUAL MOLESTATION — AND ACCUSED CHURCH ELDERS OF A COVER-UP. 5110 he waited for room to clear out and that’s when abuse started. 5114 MIRANDA LEWIS OF CHESTER OLD PHOTOS SAYS SHE WAS FOUR — WHEN A MAN NAMED NORTON TRUE — A MINISTERIAL SERVANT AT HER JEHOVAH’S WITNESS CHURCH IN BELLOWS FALLS STARTED TO MOLEST HER. SHE SAYS HE’D BEEN MOLESTING HER SISTER — ANNESSA, TOO. AND WHEN THEIR MOM FOUND OUT AND CONFRONTED CHURCH ELDERS 52:44 my children were not protected or supported, and they were pretty much discarded after the abuse occurred 5253 NOW, 20-YEARS LATER, IN A BURLINGTON LAW FIRM — THE FAMILY ANNOUNCED IT’S FILING SUIT — AGAINST NORTON TRUE — THE BELLOWS FALLS CHURCH — AND ITS NATIONAL PARENT — THE WATCHTOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK. IRWIN ZALKIN IS THEIR ATTORNEY. 4700 the jehovah’s witnesses have a policy – a policy that is grounded in a code of silence 47:11 BUT ZALKIN — AND VERMONT ATTORNEY JERRY O’NEILL, ARE ATTORNEY JERRY O’NEILL, ARE READY TO FIGHT — SAY THEY’LL SHOW THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESS CHURCH WAS MORE CONCERNED WITH PROTECTING ITS IMAGE — THAN PROTECTING KIDS. O’NEILL 10254 WE DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH THEY KNEW ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL AND WHAT THEY COVERED UP. MIRANDA SAYS THE ABUSE TRIGGERED DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY THAT CONTINUES TO THIS DAY. ASKED WHY IT TOOK 20- YEARS TO COME FORWARD, Miranda Lewis/PLAINTIFF 1:03:31 i’m actually a really private person and it was also that fear of being so public about sensitive issues. i didn’t know it was an option until this year 1:03:44 so i decided to do it. 1:03:48 it’s important this stop. NO ONE ANSWERED THE DOOR WHEN WE STOPPED BY THE BELLOWS FALLS CHURCH. BUT WE DID FIND NORTON TRUE IN GRAPHIC WINTHROP MAINE — HE SAID HE HAD NO COMMENT. WE REACHED OUT TO THE NATIONAL CHURCH IN NEW NATIONAL CHURCH IN NEW YORK — A SPOKESPERSON REFERRED US TO THEIR LEGAL TEAM WHO NEVER GOT BACK TO US. BUT ATTORNEY ZALKIN SAYS THIS PROBLEM IS EPIDEMIC — HE’LL FILE SUIT TOMORROW IN CONNECTICUT AND HAS A HANDFUL OF OTHERS IN THE PIPELINE. GOING AFTER A CHURCH WHICH ACKNOWLEDGES ASSETS OF MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS. LIVE IN BURLINGTON, STEWART LEDBETTER WPTZ NEWSCHANNEL 5.

7 thoughts on “Lawsuit filed against Jehovah’s Witness congregation alleges sexual abuse”

  1. What JW’s teach about sexual abuse: https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/watchtower-study-may-2019/love-justice-face-of-wickedness/

  2. Nothing but a bunch of, "Pedophiles, False Prophets and Wolves in Sheep's Clothing"! And all in the name of, "Jesus Christ"!

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