NOT on JW.ORG: A.P. and International Press break stories about rampant child abuse by Jehovah's Witnesses MINISTERS and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Cover-ups.

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    $13.5M award in Jehovah's Witnesses molest case


    PUBLISHED: 21:45 EST, 31 October 2014 | UPDATED: 21:45 EST, 31 October 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Jehovah's Witnesses were ordered to pay $13.5 million to a Southern California man who said he was molested as a child by a church member.

    A San Diego judge ruled Wednesday that the church's governing body covered up years of sexual abuse by a member who later became an elder.

    Superior Judge Joan Lewis said actions of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York were "reprehensible and reckless," U-T San Diego reported Friday ( ).

    Jose Lopez, who was awarded the money, sued the group, alleging that he was molested in 1986 at age 7 by a member of the Spanish congregation in the Linda Vista area of San Diego.

    Lopez said the elders suggested Gonzalo Campos as his Bible teacher even though they knew he had molested at least one other boy, the suit contended. Lopez also said that after he told his mother about the molestation, church leaders told his mother not to report it to law enforcement.

    Six other men and one woman who also claimed that Campos molested them have settled their lawsuits out of court.

    In a statement Friday, the Watchtower denied there was a cover-up, disputed that Campos held any responsibility within the congregation at the time of the alleged molestation and said it planned to appeal the ruling.

    "Jehovah's Witnesses abhor child abuse and strive to protect children from such acts. The trial judge's decision is a drastic action for any judge to take given the circumstances of this case," said Mario Moreno, associate general counsel for Watchtower.

    Trial evidence showed that Campos looked into molestation allegations against Campos, found that he was repentant, and did not expel him. He became an elder in 1993, was kicked out of the church after another alleged victim surfaced in 1995 but was reinstated in 2000, U-T San Diego said, citing court records.

    Campos later confessed in a court deposition to abusing at least eight children between 1982 and 1995 but fled the country several years ago after a report was made to San Diego police and is believed to be living in Mexico, the paper said.

    At a news conference on Friday, Lopez said he wants Campos "behind bars where he belongs."

    His lawsuit is one of many involving sexual abuse claims against the church, which has about 8 million members nationwide.

    Two years ago, an Alameda County jury awarded $21 million to a woman who claimed the church allowed an adult member of a Fremont church to molest her when she was 9 years old in the mid-1990s. The award was later reduced to $8 million.

    Six adults sued Thursday in Texas, alleging they were molested in the 1990s and that the church's governing leaders failed to report the abuse to authorities.

    About 20 other lawsuits are pending in various states.

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  • Balaamsass2

    Be sure to "re-tweet" and "SHARE" on Facebook and Google Plus. By their fruits..........

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  • flipper

    Thanks for the television youtube link here Balaams. It looks like the WT Society child abuse dam is breaking. Good the criminal organization leaders deserve what they're getting for their arrogance. Peace out, mr. Flipper

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  • cultBgone

    Let's hope that many others come forward and that the horrible lying wts crumbles under the lawsuits and public disgust.

  • 3rdgen

    The sh#! is piling up!

  • Darth Fader The Sequel
    Darth Fader The Sequel

    That AP article packs quite a punch in a very small article. I have to think that someone (a typical clueless JW) reading that article who knew nothing about all of these cases would be truly shocked. They would probably be in disbelief. But if they have a critically thinking or curious bone in their body they would look into it further.

  • leaving_quietly

    Two years ago, an Alameda County jury awarded $21 million to a woman who claimed the church allowed an adult member of a Fremont church to molest her when she was 9 years old in the mid-1990s. The award was later reduced to $8 million.

    Is this referring to the Conti case? Wasn't that in Alameda County? It was $21 million plus $7 million in punitive damages, right? Was it actually reduced to $8 million total? Or was this a difference case altogether?

  • Balaamsass2

    God_Delusion. Your link did not work with Crome. I also didn't want to input my email.- JW WTBTS issues & Security.

    Darth, I have read dozens of the press releases on the award and the AP one is my favorite so far because it "Dog Piles" all the other cases together in a half page story. BAMMMMM

    Attached to the JW Facts Brochure, it could REALLY SHAKE UP 90% of JWs. Like they say "You can't unring a bell". That info would be sure to crawl around in an active JWs brain for some time.

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