A pastor who sexually abused a 13-year-old congregant from his church has been spared from jail following his court case at the Aylesbury Crown Court in the UK.
The pastor, 45-year-old Christopher Rose, is accused of biting the young girl’s ear in a sexual manner after he befriended her family, gaining their trust. The abuse was apparently so traumatic for the girl that she self-harmed on more than one occasion.
In sentencing the pastor to a mere 60 hours of community service, a small fine and a night curfew, Judge Sheridan said:
He was trusted in the family setting and then misused that position in relation to the daughter. I’m not going to stop him working as a pastor but I think my duty is to protect other young girls of that age from over-familiar treatment.
The allegations arose after the pastor, who became close with the girl’s parents, acting as a mentor to her mother and a source of advice for her father, was left alone with the young girl in January last year.
The court heard that at that time Rose nibbled the girl’s ear, traumatizing her deeply. Judge Sheridan continued: “You touched her in a sexual way. You did it in a way where you made it perfectly clear why you were doing it.”
Amazingly, it seems that Rose, a man of the Church, was also accused by police following his arrest of meeting a minor after grooming her, as well as four charges of engaging in a sex act with girls aged between 13-15.
Due to the fact that the Judge agreed that this was just a one-off, isolated incident, he let Rose off with a curfew for one month, a $500 fine and has instructed him to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register in the UK.