Cult member is jailed for abusing daughter

Daventry Express/February 2, 1992

A member of the Jesus Army has been jailed for two years after repeatedly sexually abusing his young adopted daughter. The 40 year old began a catalogue of indecency when the girl was just eight. For three years the abuse continued until it was discovered after starting a new school.

The Prosecutor told the court 'She was taken to see the headmistress and after great difficulty, eventually, admitted what had happened to her' - 'She said her father had told her that when she was old enough he would have sex with her, but she wouldn't get pregnant because he had had the snip'.

The man admitted two counts of indecent assault and two of indecency. in Defense the court was told 'He has a sad history and was the victim of this sort of thing when he was a child' He also told the court the man had contemplated suicide because of his trouble in 'coming to terms with his sexual urges'- since the allegations had come to light he had taken refuge with the Jesus Army.

Andrew Stockley, a leading figure within the cult, told the court if the defendant was jailed they would welcome him back into their community after he had served his sentence, and find him work.

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