A St Ann mother is seeking justice for her 14-year-old son who alleges that he was sodomized by a pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist Church when he was just 13 years old.
The mother is livid that the police did not apprehend the pastor immediately after she made the report, giving him time to resign from the church and skip the island hours after giving a backhand confession in which he apologized for abusing the child.
According to the boy's mother, the young pastor was based at Claremont Seventh-day Adventist Church, where her family worships when he befriended the family before he was transferred to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Little London, Westmoreland.
But the leadership of the church group has told the Jamaica Observer that while they were aware of the allegations against the pastor, who has since resigned, that was not why he was transferred.
“The Bible condemns child sexual abuse in the strongest possible terms. It sees any attempt to confuse, blur, or denigrate personal, generational, or gender boundaries through sexually abusive behavior as an act of betrayal and a gross violation of personhood.
It openly condemns abuses of power, authority, and responsibility because these strike at the very heart of the victims' deepest feelings about themselves, others, and God, and shatter their capacity to love and trust,” said the church as it distanced itself from sexual predators.
But that is not enough for the mother who said in September 2017, when her son aced the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) the pastor offered to take him to lunch as a treat which was also part of his present for the boy's birthday, which had just passed.
“Him say to me 'Mummy, me a carry [your son] and some other young children for lunch.' Because a Sabbath and the whole a we deh a church me say okay. When my son came back from the pastor's house me notice say him have a phone and me say 'where you get that phone?' and him say a pastor give him.
“So me go rox him [the pastor] up and me say to him, 'Why did you give my child a phone without asking us permission?' and him say is because him do so well in GSAT, so me tell him that he should not give my child a gift without asking my permission, don't do it again,” said the mother.