It is a known fact that on average a pedophile will abuse as many as 200 children in his/her lifetime.
With that in mind. Read an extract from an August 1, 1995 letter to All Bodies of Elders in the USA.
I guess these untrained elders are somehow EXPERTS in this area and can determine if someone will reoffend even though law enforcement, psychiatrists and specialists cannot offer the same guarantee and in many cases will even suggest that these known sex offenders are very likely to reoffend when the opportunity presents itself...
TO ALL BODIES OF ELDERS IN THE UNITED STATES
August I, 1995
"It would be appropriate to talk very frankly to a former child abuser, strongly cautioning
him as to the dangers of hugging or holding children on his lap and that he should never be in the
presence of a child without another adult being present. This may prevent putting that one in the
way of temptation or unfounded accusation. At the same time, it is good to remember that the
Bible, at Matthew 12:31 and I Corinthians 6:9-11, shows it is possible for a person to stop his or
her wrongful course, repent, and thereafter live in harmony with God's righteous standards. This
is true of all wrongdoers-s-even a former child abuser.
While it is unscriptural to say that a former child abuser could never enjoy exemplary
privileges of service in the congregation, certainly the elders will want to be very cautious, especially
when one had repeatedly engaged in this kind of wrongdoing or had been disfellowshipped
for such an offense. Before extending privileges, therefore, it is necessary that one would meet
the qualification of having a fine testimony from individuals inside and outside the congregation.
This means that he must have lived down the reproach which resulted from his wrongdoing.
Generally, it will take a considerable number of years to achieve such irreprehensibility
depending on the notoriety involved. So it would be up to the elders to determine whether such a
one is extended privileges, taking into account all factors in each individual case. (J Tim. 3:7)
At any rate, this should never be done hastily. Considerable time should always pass before a
former child abuser is used, if ever."
If makes me sick that there is even a CHANCE that such a person could serve in the congregation. It's terrible.