USA, Oklahoma | Jehovah's Witness church elder Ronald Lawrence arrested over sex abuse claims dating back to 1980s

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    USA, Oklahoma | Jehovah's Witness church elder Ronald Lawrence arrested over sex abuse claims dating back to the 1980's

    A 76-year-old McAlester man was arrested Tuesday on 19 counts of sexual abuse after police received claims he molested several children while in a position of authority more than 30 years ago.

    McAlester police detectives were alerted to the alleged sexual crimes conducted by Ronald Lawrence back in August when his first accuser reported abuse at the hands of a Jehovah's Witness church leader.

    A woman now in her 40s told detectives Lawrence, an elder at McAlester's Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, abused her when she was just eight years old, inviting her to his home, where he fondled her and raped her in his bathtub, according to her testimony found in Lawrence's arrest warrant, which was issued Tuesday.

    Two other accusers, also in their 40s, then came forward with similar stories of abuse. Both said they were very young, with one telling investigators the molestation took place from the time she was 10 until she was 13 years old. She reported being assaulted in Lawrence's swimming pool, at the lake and in the janitor's closet at the First National Bank where he worked, his arrest warrant indicates.

    Detectives spoke with Lawrence shortly after, on Oct. 25. Lawrence initially denied any sexual contact with two of the three, but admitted to at least some form of inappropriate behavior with one of the alleged victims.

    "They shouldn't have [happened]," Lawrence told detectives during a recorded interview. "I'm sure and [it] may have been on purpose, I touched her."

    Lawrence also said he was "dis-fellowshipped" from the Kingdom Hall after two allegations from within that community came to light. Lawrence even named another allegation involving a boy in the First National Bank basement, according to the affidavits. He refused to speak with investigators.

    But after the interview in which Lawrence denied the majority of allegations facing him, he called a McAlester detective, the document states, to say he had confessed to the Kingdom Hall in 2005 that the claims of abuse were true in order to be reinstated into it.

    According to Lawrence's arrest warrant, the elder did not believe the Kingdom Hall ever elected to tell law enforcement of the potential crimes. If officials did, in fact, withhold that information from authorities, they too could be prosecuted

    The district attorney's office is now in the process of determining what laws Lawrence might have broken that were in place in the 1980s. McAlester detectives are also exploring the possibility of more victims.


  • KateWild

    Wow Thanks for the updates. Is the Conti Lawyer taking the cases of the victims to sue Watchtower?

    Kate xx

  • KateWild

    McAlester detectives are also exploring the possibility of more victims.-jwleaksI suspect the answer to my question is not at the moment. I hope they come forward.

  • never a jw
    never a jw


  • Tech49

    So in 2005, after he confessed to the elders no one ever contacted authorities? Yes, they (the body of elders) are just as guilty. There is every reason in the world for charges to be filed on them as well. Sick, just sick. It took the courage of one of the abused to alert the police, after so many years of pain. Spineless elders couldnt bother themselves to pick up the phone, except to check in with "mother". Exactly whats wrong with this bunch; this WILL bite them in the ass, you watch.


    The Holy Spirit appointed this man, and that is a comfort to me, and it should be a comfort to all active JWs. There are several steps that potential MS and Elders go through before actually being appointed. Each of these steps is directed by the Holy Spirit. That makes me confident that the truth of this matter will come to light.


  • alanv

    Data dog. There was nothing magical about his appointment. The elders simply went by the qualifications laid down in the bible. As it is believed the bible was written under inspiration of the holy spirit they can say he was appointed by holy spirit. Does that mean he was a pure and honest man when he was appointed? Not necessarily, there could have been all sorts of things he kept quiet about and no one else new. So yes a man can certainly be appointed even though he has a lot of hidden guilty secrets.

  • alanv

    I had been practicing immorality as a mini servant and no one new about it. I only confessed to it when I realized the elders were thinking of appointing me as an elder and I did not want that. No holy spirit anywhere to be seen.

  • respectful_observer

    Wow, so based on the news reports he supposedly admitted to all of these sins back in 2005 to get reinstated. So he was still disfellowshipped for this disgusting behavior, but today he's serving as an elder??? I wonder how long it took them to reinstate him in 2005, promote him to MS, and then have Holy Spirit direct them to re-appoint him as an elder?

  • happy@last
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    My thoughts in reading this are exactly what RO said ^^^

    Is this correct, he was disfellowshipped, confessed to abusing a child, reinstated and later appointed an elder?

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