Abuse allegations in Newfoundland casting a cloud over Jehovah's Witnesses
Allegations of abuse involving two members of the Jehovah's Witness religious movement in Newfoundland have emerged, though details of the charges are protected by a court-ordered publication ban.
CBC News has learned that a former volunteer church elder and his son are facing charges.
The former elder is charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation relating to allegations dating from 2009 to 2012 in central Newfoundland.
According to court documents, a second man is charged with sexual assault, with the information referencing a period between May 2011 and December 2013 in a community on the Avalon Peninsula.
CBC News has confirmed that the pair are father and son.
A sexual exploitation charge involves anyone in a position of trust or authority who commits an offence against a young person.
The matter involving the older accused was called at a provincial court on Wednesday.
It was set over until next month, when a date is expected to be set for trial.
The younger accused is scheduled to make a court appearance later this month.
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*Note the very last sentence in the article. Simon Picard gets his chance to give a plug for the jw website - complete with a link to it. F**king bastard...using an abuse allegation to promote the jw..org. I think CBC needs to be brought up to speed about their tactics...however, do see that the Australian inquiry story is linked to on a sidebar as well. I hope people read it too.