Adventist elder detained for alleged child sex abuse

Thursday, February 02, 2017

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PRESIDENT of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, Pastor Everett Brown, yesterday warned that his church will not protect anyone who has broken the law, following a report that one of his church elders was arrested for questioning in relation to the sexual assault of a minor.

The elder, who attends a St Mary church, was arrested on Wednesday night by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse after a report was made.

"While we await the outcome of the investigations, we admonish our workers and members to live up to the high moral and ethical code of conduct for which our church is known and to cooperate with the authorities in bringing to justice those who have violated the laws of the land," the Adventist president said in a release.

Pastor Brown also condemned unlawful sex acts against children, adding that the church sympathised with the victims and their families who have been traumatised by abuse of any kind.

"The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica is committed to upholding its high Christians values and will not shelter any worker or member who runs afoul of the law," Brown said.

The report comes amid the sex scandal rocking the Moravian church, of which three senior members are now before the court for the alleged sexual abuse of under-age girls.

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