Jehovah's Witness elders cover up sex abuse of children - some from York Co., report says

By Rick Lee

Along with Bible teachings and online lessons on how to lead a good life and find peace and happiness, the Jehovah Witnesses website at also offers some very serious insight and words of caution to parents about sexual child abuse.

And, that makes the recent Philadelphia Inquirer story alleging that Jehovah's Witness elders have repeatedly covered up sexual abuse of members' children, shunned members and victims who raised complaints of child abuse and have impeded police investigations into abuse allegations even more shocking.

Aong the victims of the Witnesses' shunning and stonewalling tactics interviewed by Inquirer reporter David Gambacorta were:

  • The parents of a 4-year-old New Cumberland girl who was molested at the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall in Red Lion
  • A Spring Grove woman who was molested when she was a teen by a Witness who was a family friend
  • A York woman who was molested in her teens by a couple she knew through the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Three defendants identified in the Inquirer investigative piece were prosecuted and sentenced in York County. A fourth is awaiting prosecution.

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