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Aug 23, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Daily Mail

A Jehovah's Witness who sexually abused a child and then had his wrongdoing covered up by the church has been jailed for 13 years.

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A Jehovah’s Witness who sexually abused a child and then had his wrongdoing covered up by the church has been jailed for 13 years.

Gordon Leighton, 53, admitted sexually abusing a child when he was confronted with the allegations by church elders at Washington, Tyne and Wear.

The elders knew about the 53-year-old’s admissions for three years but refused to co-operate with the criminal investigation, and said what they had heard was confidential.

Leighton hit the headlines in the 1990s when his wife Yvonne, 28, died after refusing a blood transfusion after childbirth on religious grounds.

Judge Penny Moreland said that he had subjected his victim to 'untold damage' as she sentenced him at Newcastle Crown Court today.

The judge said:'You manipulated her with a combination of affection and attention and violence and threats.'

The defendant was found guilty of two charges of indecency with a child and six of indecent assault after a trial.

Prosecutor Katherine Dunn told the court it was in 2009 the victim, who is now an adult, broke her silence about what Leighton had done to her.

The court heard that at a special meeting at Lambton Kingdom Hall aimed at 'keeping the congregation clean', Leighton 'admitted sexual abuse' and made excuses for his vile behaviour.

Miss Dunn said:'The elders conducted their own investigation. A meeting was arranged and the defendant was confronted with the allegations.

'After initially denying the allegations he broke down and admitted sexually abusing the complainant.'

The court heard Leighton, of Washington, refused to answer any questions when interviewed by detectives and claimed his confession at the meeting was limited to reading pornographic material.

Throughout the six-day trial Leighton, a Jehovah’s Witness ministerial servant, denied all the allegations against him and denied he had confessed to the elders.

Throughout the criminal investigation, church elders Simon Preyser, Harry Logan and David Scott refused to make statements about Leighton’s confession, keeping their stance when the case was brought before Newcastle Crown Court.

Each was then issued a witness summons which they launched a court battle against, but they were ordered to testify by Judge Penny Moreland after months of legal wrangling.

Their barrister Richard Daniels said the men had a 'duty to God' not to breach confidence.

Leighton was also given a sexual offences prevention order and was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

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Notice the Elders knew about this for 3 years.
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Typical Jehovah's Witness male.
You know once his wife stupidly gave her life to the Watchtower gods, he was elevated to near god status himself.
So, of course the elders turned a blind eye, while he sexually assaulted child after child, year after year.
They even elevated him to "ministerial servant" appointed by jehovah himself!!

This is one evil cult.
The public is catching on.
The Kingdumb Hall is one dangerous place for any child
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One of the rebuttals JW members will say "well all churches have issues like this"

Excuse me, other churches don't claim to be the only pure church on earth that God is using where the "wheat" is already gathered and living in God's paradise conditions.

What's more annoying is they judge very other Christian church and religion as demonic as they enable pedohiles to damage little children by not reporting as the law requires. A Roman Catholic bishop was on trial for such cover ups recently as follows:

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A Roman Catholic bishop was found guilty on Thursday of failing to report suspected child abuse, becoming the first American bishop in the decades-long sexual abuse scandal to be convicted of shielding a pedophile priest.

There are dark days ahead for the WBTS NOT persecution for being righteous but for covering up sin and abuse of children.

1 Peter 3;17
For it is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing GOOD NOT for DOING EVIL
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Judas was also an apostle and had been faithful, but his actions prove anyone can sin and become unfaithful, Satan the Devil wants everyone to satisfy their fleshly desires, and lose out on everlasting life.

That does not make other true Christians like him, and when a deliberate sinner leaves Jehovah's witnesses or is disfellowshipped, that just keeps the world wide united congregation of Jehovah's witnesses clean.

1Corinthians 5:13

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Haven't JWs claimed that an admitted pedophile would NEVER be able to have a position of responsibility in the congregation?

Aren't Ministerial Servants in a position of responsibility in the congregation?

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True Christian witness wrote:
Judas was also an apostle and had been faithful, but his actions prove anyone can sin and become unfaithful, Satan the Devil wants everyone to satisfy their fleshly desires, and lose out on everlasting life.
That does not make other true Christians like him, and when a deliberate sinner leaves Jehovah's witnesses or is disfellowshipped, that just keeps the world wide united congregation of Jehovah's witnesses clean.
1Corinthians 5:13
How about when a deliberate sinner remains within the congregation and is appointed as a Ministerial Servant? Do you consider that clean? Oh, wait...I guess you do, since he wasn't disfellowshipped, so that makes it all okay.
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How about when a deliberate sinner remains within the congregation and is appointed as a Ministerial Servant? Do you consider that clean? Oh, wait...I guess you do, since he wasn't disfellowshipped, so that makes it all okay.
Have you seen the way children dress these days??
These children usually have a financial motive with these allegations
Everyone wants in on the persecution bandwagon

These are the excuses that Jehovah's witnesses give day in and day out.

Poor Jehovah's Witnesses, they are so persecuted.
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True Christian witness wrote:
Judas was also an apostle and had been faithful, but his actions prove anyone can sin and become unfaithful, Satan the Devil wants everyone to satisfy their fleshly desires, and lose out on everlasting life.
That does not make other true Christians like him, and when a deliberate sinner leaves Jehovah's witnesses or is disfellowshipped, that just keeps the world wide united congregation of Jehovah's witnesses clean.
1Corinthians 5:13
The gathering of WHEAT and the seperation that has been taken place since the mid 1800s according to the WBTS end time escathology is NOT the start of the Christian church "The Sowing" it's the "Reaping".....

So were the angels wrong that guided the WBTS to REAP the harvest that had already MATURED ??????
You can't have it both ways !!!!!!

You are either the REAPED Matured perfect spotless without blemish organization showing the glorious light Daniel12, or just another sect who think they are. The evidence point to the later.
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Link to this news August 23rd 2013

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-24009...

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Shoddy journalism.

You can't appeal or open a court case appealing a witness summons in a criminal case in the UK

What other lies are in this story? Sensationalist journalism at its finest

I feel sad for the poor kid.

These people are a disgrace to the truth 2pet 2:2

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Shoddy journalism.
You can't appeal or open a court case appealing a witness summons in a criminal case in the UK
What other lies are in this story? Sensationalist journalism at its finest
I feel sad for the poor kid.
These people are a disgrace to the truth 2pet 2:2
LOL But if this was an article praising the JWs, you would be talking about how stellar the journalism is.

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How about when a deliberate sinner remains within the congregation and is appointed as a Ministerial Servant? Do you consider that clean? Oh, wait...I guess you do, since he wasn't disfellowshipped, so that makes it all okay.
Clean schmean, Jehovah's gonna take care of it later.
Let the abuse continue, no matter, Jehovah will take care of it.
Let the perverts have their way, Jehovah will take care of it.
Someday..........Pick any year in the future, then another then another.

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Shoddy journalism.
You can't appeal or open a court case appealing a witness summons in a criminal case in the UK
What other lies are in this story? Sensationalist journalism at its finest
I feel sad for the poor kid.
These people are a disgrace to the truth 2pet 2:2
so then can you apply the same principle of articles on abuse by other denominations or are they all excellent and trustworthy, truthful and accurate.
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Typical Jehovah's Witness male.
You know once his wife stupidly gave her life to the Watchtower gods, he was elevated to near god status himself.
So, of course the elders turned a blind eye, while he sexually assaulted child after child, year after year.
They even elevated him to "ministerial servant" appointed by jehovah himself!!
This is one evil cult.
The public is catching on.
The Kingdumb Hall is one dangerous place for any child
The thing is though, they would do the same for any JW just because that is what they do.

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Should have known it was PhonyKaren posting such trash.

But then- we all know her reasons....
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Ok, knowing a little about JWs these days,anyone wonder what else they may have had on this guy? A 50 year old ministerial servant-really? I think there was enough other dirt that they couldn't make him an elder,yet because of his high profile "no blood" case, they didn't want to shame him publicly. I don't know, this is just my opinion.

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Opinions like that, and a couple bucks will get yo a cup of coffee...

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Judas was also an apostle and had been faithful, but his actions prove anyone can sin and become unfaithful, Satan the Devil wants everyone to satisfy their fleshly desires, and lose out on everlasting life.
That does not make other true Christians like him, and when a deliberate sinner leaves Jehovah's witnesses or is disfellowshipped, that just keeps the world wide united congregation of Jehovah's witnesses clean.
1Corinthians 5:13
Do you think I am a deliberate sinner, and if you answer yes, what was my sin?
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Opinions like that, and a couple bucks will get yo a cup of coffee...
yeah, or a few million people trying to "stay alive til'75".

I acknowledged that it is my opinion, but it is not unfounded. This guy is 50. You think they have never had any reports before? Look at what happened in MILL HILL in the UK. Its not as if keeping things silent is unprecedented in the KH.

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