As I “progressed” within the organization, a question came to my mind. How could pedophilia occur within the ranks of such a righteous organization? I decided that they were just isolated incidents and slipped though the cracks, because imperfect men are in charge and eventually, Jehovah himself would straighten it out. When I told a couple of Elders about it, they brushed it off, as if it were no big deal. Lane Henson, an Elder in the Joplin West Congregation in Joplin, Missouri, said to me, “Yeah, they do that down in Texas. They call it 'corn-holing.'” And that was it.
In 2007, the economy began to tank and as a draftsman at a civil engineering firm, my services were no longer needed, so we moved to Bakersfield, California, where my wife's sister had moved. That was the only place in California I could find work. We landed in the Panama Congregation in a Kingdom Hall with four congregations. This congregation was one of the coldest, most authoritarian I had ever seen. There was an old presiding overseer named Deero Parker, who hated children. If your kid made any sound at all during meetings, he would ask you to take him/her outside. One day, my wife was severely depressed and didn't want to go to the meeting, due to the way she was treated by this congregation, despite her being super-devout, so I took my son, and he began playing with a toy car. It squeaked slightly. He made no other noise. Deero Parker grabbed the toy car out of my son's hand walked outside with it. I followed him out and told him, "Give it back. Now!" He went inside and got another Elder. I told the other Elder the same thing. Then I told him, “Don't you ever take anything away from my son again!” He bragged about raising 10 children, saying that he knows how to raise kids. I asked how many are still Witnesses. With a smile, he said, “None. They all had bad hearts.”
In the Oaks Congregation, we were invited to a Barbeque (BBQ) by a family, whose names I cannot remember. While we were at the BBQ, their son bit my son, so they grabbed their son and whipped him with a leather belt. Their son was very disobedient, destructive and difficult. It was obvious that their use of spanking was out of control and causing their son's problems. It saddened me, but I could not say anything, for it was part of the religion to spank children, so to question a parent's use of spanking was almost a cardinal sin.
Later, Darrin and Favien Chavez met with us to discuss the situation with Tahe Wilkerson. As it turned out, Tahe was a victim of sexual abuse on multiple occasions, and Darrin McCormick's exact words were, “I wouldn't let my son be alone with him, but I'll let them play together, if they are supervised.” Darrin KNEW this kid has issues with sexual misbehavior. Yet, not a word was ever said to any parent. No one was warned that Tahe might try to have sex with their son. Nothing. PLUS, he was allowed to be at an event where he would have access to toddlers, and he could sneak off with them to do nasty things to them. Nothing EVER was said..... To anyone. Darrin McCormick even let the Wilkerson's boy be around his own son.
NOTE: If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness, who would like to have your case reviewed legally, concerning you or your child having been molested/raped and receiving no assistance from anyone in the Watchtower Society, you can contact William H. Bowen, the founder of silentlambs.org. For confidential contact info, check with Admin. in "The Truth Behind Jehovah's Witnesses" group on Facebook.
If you would like to have your CHILD CUSTODY case reviewed, William H. Bowen also founded the Jehovah's Witnesses Child Custody website to provide information and assistance for former or Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses with child custody issues.
If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness in need of counseling concerning you or your child having been molested/raped, please go to the Silent Lambs website for assistance. http://www.silentlambs.org/assistance/index.cfm
Want to know where to find the concrete evidence against the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses? Here's a few links to get you started:
Facts About Jehovah's Witnesses
Watchers of the Watchtower World
Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA)
Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Online
^^^ The above website includes "An Elder Shares His Honest Opinions"
http://ex-jw.com/elder-shares-honest-opinions (THAT should be an interesting read!)