Is there really a camp here with this guy?
Posted in the Kenai Forum
#1 May 24, 2014
In 1984 a 14-year girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a trusted youth minister in a closet of a Vernon church. Nearly 30 years later, following decades of therapy, the now grown woman confronted her alleged abuser through police assistance. The preacher, a renowned minister operating youth church camps in Alaska and Oklahoma, allegedly asked forgiveness from the victim on a wiretap -- but she was stunned to find the statute of limitations had expired and the case was closed.
Police documents and recordings obtained by the Vernon Daily Record, with the consent of the alleged victim, show that investigators interviewed numerous witnesses and possible victims in pursuing a sexual assault case against Rev. Zane Newton, former youth minister at Calvary Baptist Church in Vernon.
The joint investigation by the Vernon Police Dept. and Wilbarger County District Attorney’s Office included one victim confronting Newton. But the investigation was shut down with Det. Mickey Allen and DA Investigator Jeff Case ending their report on Aug. 29, 2013 stating,“This case will be closed due to the fact that the statue of limitations has expired for prosecution of Zane Newton for the offense of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.”
You can read the whole article here: http://www.vernonrecord.com/55955/1854/breaki...
On the recording, she told Newton that her counselor told her she needed to file a report with the police and asked Newton what he thought she should do. Newton replied:
“Well, you know I can’t … uhh … obviously I can’t, uhhh, I would hope after… uhhh… you know, I wish you wouldn’t. I really can’t tell you… I have no right to ask you not to. Does that make sense?” Templeton replied “yes.”
Templeton then told Newton that she still had a coat with his semen on it and asked if she should get rid of it. Newton replied:“I don’t think… I don’t think…uhmmmm…. I don’t think I have a right to ask you that …. I would like for you to …. I want to be clear of this too…. You know …. I don’t want to be a burden to you. I don’t want to be a chain around you in your spirit and in your heart. There was a lot more good things and God type things in our lives than Zane’s sinfulness … and my not treating you like the lady God created you to be. I was weak and vulnerable and I didn’t take care of you. I didn’t lead you in those moments of weakness. You know I don’t know other than being able to tell you, I’m not that fellow.”
Newton then asked her not to repeat “that stuff to anyone.”
Templeton replied:“You mean you don’t want me to tell anyone?”
Newton replied he had only told his “accountability people” and it should not be repeated in public.“For me to ask you to get rid of the jacket is like asking you to cover for me and I don’t want you to cover for me. But at the same time I would hope that maybe, by the grace of the lord and the grace from your heart, that not only would you forgive me, but help us put this in a place it’s supposed to be and a very dead and distance … away from us … and not let our enemy have any victory in … any more.. in my life or your life for sure.”
She then asked if God intended for the abuse to happen to her. Newton said he did not think intend was the right word but obviously God allows things to happen.
Newton said he felt “really ashamed “ and “really bad” for what happened. Newton then asked her if she intended to press charges against him. Templeton stated she did not know. Newton stated he “just did not want to give Satan that kind of victory.”
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