5 years for indecent assault – Barry Furlong

Barry Furlong

Another Jehovah’s Witness has been jailed, this time for five years and three months for indecently assaulting young girls.

Barry Furlong was convicted of four counts of indecency with a child and four counts of indecent assault, offences which took place over a 17 year period when he was a ministerial servant in the Kinson congregation in Bournemouth.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard the 69-year-old grandfather had indecently touched the four girls – one of whom was nine years old – over their clothing in all but one of the offences. On that occasion he put his hand in the victim’s underwear.

The Bournemouth Echo reports that when jailing Furlong, Recorder Stephen Climie said: “These offences involved, in my judgement, an extreme abuse of trust.

Furlong, of Keeble Crescent, Bournemouth, received a Sexual Offences Prevention Order prohibiting unsupervised access to minors for an indefinite period, and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

More information

The Bournemouth Echo –
Jehovah’s Witness – five years for indecently assaulting young girls Link

Photo credit – Bournemouth Echo


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5 years for indecent assault – Barry Furlong — 2 Comments

  1. That had to be from 35 to 50 years ago, if it was over a 17 year period. He was one of the witnesses when we were children and our Parents took us to the Hall in Kinson back in the 60s

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