Jehovah’s Witness elder Mark Sewell – sentenced to 14 years for rape and assaults

Jehovah’s Witness, Mark Sewell, 53, has been sentenced today, July 2, 2014, to 14 years in prison at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court. Judge Richard Twomlow told him: “You have showed not a shred of remorse.”

The witness Karen Morgan, 38, has waived her right to anonymity and said she reported her uncle’s depraved behaviour to the police in order to protect others.

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.

Mark Sewell

Mark Sewell

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.

More information:

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


About Susannah

"Susannah," JWReport's News and Opinion Editor, is very familiar with the Watchtower Society and its leaders past and present. An experienced editor and writer, she was born and raised in the UK where she was an active Jehovah's Witness until she was 28. She now lives and works in southern Europe.


Jehovah’s Witness elder Mark Sewell – sentenced to 14 years for rape and assaults — 1 Comment

  1. someone said that they watchtower has to change some of their policys. Change so you can stay there? Hell I don’t want them to change their polcys. Let it stay. I am not going back no matter what they do. Change their policys. No let everything stay as it is. Because the culttower will continue to go under.

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