Thursday 22 August, 2019

Charges Against SDA Pastors Withdrawn

The law firm representing two pastors of the Seventh Day Adventist denomination, whom in May of this year were charged with counts of unlawful connection and indecent assault, said the charges were withdrawn by the virtual complainant.

The news came via email from Leslie Prospere, representing the law firm of Gordon Gordon & Co, which was circulated to media houses and reporters today.

An attachment to the email read thus: “On 10th and 14th November, 2017 the criminal charges for unlawful connection and indecent assault against two pastors of the Seventh Day Adventist Church were voluntarily withdraw by the virtual complainant.

“The pastors were arrested and charged by the police on 23rd May, 2017.

“The pastors consistently maintained their innocence against the charges and looked forward to the opportunity to vindicate themselves in the criminal courts.”

Loop was unable to determine the next step to be taken by the pastors as Prospere was not available for comment when his office was contacted.

However, at the time of the charges six months ago, the Church had called on the public not to rush to judgment and allow justice to run its course.

“We therefore appeal to all to allow the cost of justice to take effect in this matter and don’t rush to judgment. As a church we remain confident in all faith and assurance that the Lord will carry his church at this difficult moment as he has done in such a mighty way in the past,” said Pastor Roger Stephen, the church’s Executive Secretary at the time.

“Whereas we at the church try to uphold righteousness and purity as God’s ideal, however like all other churches we are not immune to human imperfections and fallibility,” he said then.

Stephen said that the church seeks to reach out to all who are hurting as a result of this scandal.

The pastors were each out on a $4000 bond.

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