Australia - Elder Jailed Over Sex Abuse

by OrphanCrow 11 Replies latest watchtower child-abuse

  • OrphanCrow

    Another one.

    A Jehovah’s Witness elder who sexually assaulted two vulnerable teenagers he met through the church was sentenced to three years jail yesterday over the “destructive” abuse.

    David Frank Pople, 68, met the boys through the Safety Bay congregation of the church and assaulted them between 1989 and 1996.

    One of the teens reported the sexual assaults to elders in 1997 but police were not made aware of the abuse until he filed a police report in 2014.
    Pople was forcibly ejected from the church for being “insufficiently repentant” in 1997 and readmitted the following year at his request.

    District Court judge Troy Sweeney accepted Pople was genuinely remorseful but said he had interfered with his victims’ natural maturing process in a “very destructive way”.
    “A message must be sent that child abuse is abhorrent and will not be tolerated by any civilised society,” she said.
    “They were vulnerable because they were young and because you were a church elder and their boss.”

    When Pople admitted assaulting one of the boys during a conversation with an elder in the 1990s, he was told a judicial committee would be formed to deal with the issue.
    The elders spoke to Pople in an apparent attempt to determine his level of remorse and later sent a letter to certain members of the congregation explaining in great detail why he had been ejected.

    Pople was in his 40s when he assaulted the boys at work, on his yacht and in his Shoalwater home.
    He was close friends with the parents of his first victim and had helped the second victim with his Bible studies.

    Defence lawyer Nick Scerri told the court Pople was candid with the leadership of the church and made “very frank admissions” about some aspects of the offending in 1997.
    He said his client has been living three lives and was “deeply unhappy” when he assaulted the boys.
    “He had the life of the family man, the father, the husband,” Mr Scerri said. “ At the same time, he was balancing the religious obligations that he had as a leader in that church.
    “And thirdly, he had this secret homosexual sort of latency, I suppose.”

    Pople pleaded guilty to six sex-related charges as well as breaching his protective bail conditions in 2014.
    He will be eligible for parole after spending 18 months behind bars.

  • wannaexit
    They gave this dirt bag 18 months behind bars and then he can get parole??
  • ToesUp
    It's interesting that Brother Lett stated in the Broadcasting a few months ago, that the child abuse issue was "apostate driven lies." This sick man who molested these children admitted it in a court of law. Really..."apostate driven lies?" Several others have admitted these CRIMES as well. "Apostate driven lies?"
  • rebelfighter
    Whatever happened to throwing away the keys to the jail cell and let them rot there. These kid's have to live with the consequences of what this man did for the rest of their lives.
  • OrphanCrow

    This is interesting:

    "The elders spoke to Pople in an apparent attempt to determine his level of remorse and later sent a letter to certain members of the congregation explaining in great detail why he had been ejected."

    Obviously the elders cannot claim "penitent privlege" on this one.

    And why, in this case, was it okay to warn congregants and in other cases the elders keep their mouths shut?

  • OnTheWayOut

    It sounds like Pople was ready to face the law in 1997 when he was reported to the elders, but this self-protective cult just dealt with it as an internal matter.

    If I am reading it right, the real scum dirt bags are the elders that handled the matter.

  • Doubtfully Yours
    Doubtfully Yours


    More lawsuits, more denouncing, more prison sentences will bring about change, or at the very least will bring about more JWs opening up their eyes to the injustice inside the Org.

    Very happy about this person going to jail; only saddened by the fact that he'll soon be done and re-admitted to the fold if he so chooses. Will probably move far away and re-enter another JW congregation without notice and victimize others.


  • cha ching
    cha ching

    Let's not forget what we saw in the ARC hearings. Orders are orders... WT lawyers, WT "Service Desk" and GB are at the top of this filthy mess.

    You would expect people who "follow Christ" to have a conscience, no matter what they are told from the top.... and some do, but emotional blackmail is a powerful tool along with other CULT controls (B.I.T.E. model).

    Until more soldiers/elders stop "following commands" or "listen, OBEY" (and be blessed) we will see crimes.... CRIMES..... CRIMES.... being allowed, and children suffering.



    Send this story to Trey Bundy! Also, I love the fact that the Judge stated the facts. Yes, Rank&File Dubs, the Eldubs are your BOSS.

    Like a BOSS......


  • OrphanCrow
    Datadog: OrphanCrow,
    Send this story to Trey Bundy!

    I didn't even think to do that...



    *he likely has an alert on all JW news, but just in case it didn't come up on his radar, I sent it to him.

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