Monday, May 16, 2011

Teen Allegedly Raped, Then Made to Apologize to Her Church



Wow, SMH, at this one. From MSNBC:

"Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the case of a 15-year-old girl who prosecutors say was raped by a fellow church member and forced to stand before the congregation to apologize for getting pregnant. 

Ernest Willis is charged with forcibly raping Christina Anderson twice during the summer of 1997, when she was his children's baby sitter and he was 39. Lawyers for Willis, now 52, say in court documents that he will admit having sex with the girl once but maintains it was consensual.

Prosecutor Wayne Coull said he expects Anderson to be among the first witnesses called when the trial begins May 23 in Merrimack Superior Court. The trial is expected to last four days.
The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they were victims of sex crimes, but Anderson, now 29, asked that her name be made public.

Former Trinity Baptist Church Pastor Charles Phelps is on the prosecution's list of witnesses. Anderson told police that Phelps arranged for her to move to Colorado and forced her to write a letter of apology she had to read to the fundamentalist congregation.

She then was told to move into a room in the Phelpses' home until she was to leave for Colorado, which Anderson said happened within days.

Anderson was home-schooled in Colorado, and gave birth to the baby there, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported. She gave the child up for adoption, the newspaper said.

Phelps is adamant that he reported the allegations to Concord police and was critical of them for failing to act. Police said they tried to investigate in 1997 but couldn't find Anderson. They didn't locate her until last year, when friends and Internet posts revealed she was living in Arizona under her married name.

The Union Leader reported that a detective with the Concord police contacted Anderson, the married mother of three more children, after learning of the case through a Facebook page entitled, "Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Cult Survivors."

To read the whole story, click here.

2 comments:

Don said...

Hmmm @ Former Trinity Baptist Church Pastor Charles Phelp

Guess he was trying to protect his interest, more than likely financial, in this entire scandal.

The word Cult pretty much placed everything into perspective for myself.

Alisha De Freitas said...

@Don, yeah that former pastor seems really suspect to me... and yes, sounds like a cult to me. Sometimes, cultish groups exist under the banner of normal religious groups, like the Baptists.

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