One Christian arrested, another jailed for abusing children
The principal of a Seventh-day Adventist Church Washington state, Douglas J Allison, 55, left, has been charged with sexually assaulting two female students, while in the UK C of E priest Stephen Crabtree, 59, has been jailed for three years for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
According to this report, Allison was the principal and one of just two teachers at the Mountain View Christian School that has just a dozen students. He is charged with raping and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl and her classmate, aged 11, who came forward during the investigation.
Prosecutors say that Allison even claimed that one of the young girls had “asked for it”.
His wife, Judy, who is not under investigation, was the school’s sole other educator.
The school’s website has since been suspended, but a cached version shows it billed itself as one:
Committed to providing quality education in a Christ-filled environment.
The Mountain View Christian School family exists to show children Jesus, nurture their love for Him and others, teach them to think, and empower them to serve. We believe that true education develops the spiritual, mental, and physical powers of each student.
In a conversation with police, which was videotaped after his arrest, Allison allegedly confessed to touching the girls over their clothing and “digitally penetrating” one of them while the class was studying. He also allegedly confessed to making the 11-year-old touch his genitals and let him place his penis in her mouth.
Allison is charged with 12 counts of child molestation and child rape. The judge set Allison’s bond at $100,000.
Meanwhile, it is reported here that Crabtree was allowed to continue ministering for over a decade, despite having confessed to his bishop.
Crabtree formed an “inappropriate relationship” with a 15-year-old girl between 1992-1993 after the breakdown of his marriage.
He admitted six charges of indecent assault and was jailed for three years, and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Lincoln Crown court heard the victim told the Bishop of Grimsby in 2000. The Rt Rev David Rossdale then met with Crabtree but no further action was taken.
He met with Rossdale again in 2008, where he confessed to the sexual assault again, expressing remorse. Again, nothing further was done.
Crabtree continued in his role in the church, by this time as rector of the parish of Washingborough and chair of governors at the local primary school, until 2014 without any further investigations.
Details of both meetings were kept on record in the Diocese of Lincoln, but it was not until the appointment of a new safeguarding officer that anything was done.
The officer conducted a review of historic complaints, leading to the victim being contacted and details of the complaint forwarded to police. This led to Crabtree’s arrest.
Judge Michael Heath expressed concern that the Church failed to contact police when they heard about the incidents.
The case is currently the subject of a Church of England inquiry and the current Bishop of Lincoln, Rt Rev Christopher Lowson, has issued an apology.
The child had every right to expect to be safe in his company, and the devastating effects of his crime were compounded by the position of trust he held at the time.
I am very sorry indeed that it has taken so long for proper justice to be served. I struggle to imagine the impact that such a serious crime has had on the life of the survivor of Crabtree’s abuse and on the survivor’s family.
I wish to pay tribute to their enormous courage and determination, and I hope that today they begin to feel that justice has been served.
Hat tip: peterat (Crabtree report) and BarrieJohn