A growing up as a JW man jailed for sex crimes in UK

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    A man who committed “monstrous” sex crimes against two young girls when he was an isolated teenager growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness in Bradford has been jailed for two and a half years.

    Justin Leleux, 27, sexually abused the children when he was aged 14 to 17, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.

    The older girl was about six and the younger child around three years old when he stripped naked to play “secret games” with them. Leleux, now of Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, pleaded guilty to five offences of indecent assault and three of indecency with a child when he lived in the Bradford area in the late 1990s.

    Married with two sons, he was arrested when the girls, now teenagers, told the police what he had done.

    The girls said Leleux got into the shower with them and sexually assaulted them in bed.

    He told them not to tell their parents and shouted at them if they refused his perverted demands.

    The court heard that one girl had since ‘closed down’ about the abuse while the other was very emotional.

    Leleux’s barrister, Charlotte Holland, said he had pleaded guilty and made full admissions.

    He had particular difficulties as a teenager and felt “excluded and isolated” growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness.

    Miss Holland added: “This is not an excuse for his monstrous behaviour.”

    Leleux had never been in any trouble since leaving home at 17. Miss Holland said: His abuse of the trust placed in him has had devastating consequences on the girls and their families.

    “He doesn’t seek anyone’s pity, he feels disgust for his actions.”

    Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said Leleux was now a “civilised and successful man”.

    He had led a blameless life since committing the offences.

    But he had systematically and repeatedly taken cruel advantage of two vulnerable young girls, leaving them mentally scarred for life.

    The judge told Leleux: “You, I am sorry to say, must go to prison for these crimes.

    “There has to be a repayment by you and a lesson learned by others.”

    Judge Durham Hall made a sexual offences prevention order banning Leleux from any unsupervised contact with children, except for his own sons.

    He must sign on with the police as a sex offender for seven years.

    source: http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/8818146.Man_is_jailed_for_abusing_two_girls/

  • Curtains

    how sad for the girls he abused and also for him growing up feeling so isolated. I get the feeling that he is no longer a JW. I feel sorry for his sons and his wife.

    One wonders if any of the elders in the congregation knew about what had happened. What would bethel have advised back then if the matter had come to their attention? Judging from their present position on the matter it is very likely that they would have ordered the elders to keep the matter quiet. If the young man remained a witness and if the abuse wasn't known, then bethel would prolly have advised that he be given privileges in the congregation if he was keen about reaching out. There is an acute shortage of men in this age group (20-40 years)

    I hope the girls get help for themselves. The prison sentence is some justice for them.

    I hope the young man can find something constructive to do while he is in prison - like maybe writing about what it was like to be so lonely and isolated. Of course we won't know how far this contributed to his perpetration of abuse on the children but such writngs may give JW parents and teenagers some insight into the problems of keeping their children away from productive outlets.

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