Full details of the sentence and a report can be found on Wales Online
Karen Morgan, an incredibly brave woman, who was indecently assaulted by Sewell said after the sentencing:
“If he had told the truth at the time this would have been done and dusted – my children would never have had to know about it and he may not have hurt anyone else, I don’t know.”
“Part of me was very happy that someone had finally believed me, that the jury believed me and [the other victims], because no-one else ever did.”
“I’ve got to start thinking about what I am going to do with my future but I am going to go as far as I can to get the [Watchtower] society to change their policies.”
She wants Jehovah’s Witness congregations notified when a child abuser is in their midst. Currently congregations are not informed when an abuser commits criminal acts of molestation or when the abuser moves to another congregation. This silence exposes vulnerable children to predators in Jehovah’s Witness congregations.
Karen told Wales Online: “They are going to have to do something, I’m not going to let this go.”
Full story here
Sewell was found guilty at the end of June 2014 of seven counts of indecent assault and one count of rape. He will be required to sign the sex offenders register for life and will be banned from ever working with children.
Wales Online also reported that evidence of this abuse case was shredded and congregation elders were non co-operative with the police investigation. The Charity Commission has opened a compliance investigation.
Wales Online – Victim of Mark Sewell, says she is “relieved” after sentencing Link
Wales Online – Elders non co-operative and shred evidence Link
Wales Online – Charity Commission launches compliance investigation Link
Wales Online – Jehovah’s Witness elder gives school girl incredibly inappropriate topless massage Link
JWSurvey assessment of case Link
Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA) statement Link
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) statement Link