I have a relative who molested a young child when he was 15 and she was about 5. Years later, after he served some time at Bethel, got married and returned to the congregation, his name kept coming up as a candidate to be an elder every time the CO visited. My (elder) father told me that it shouldn't be a problem because he was married now--(that's when I first heard about it). However, the mother of the victim threatened to go to the press if he was appointed so he's not an elder to this day (he's now in his late 30's) and very involved with the congregation. Too bad the girl's parents didn't go to the police in the first place. Oh, my relative has two kids of his own now.