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Rift in Kingston church as deacon is charged with sexually abusing young girl

Published:Wednesday | June 10, 2015 | 6:15 PM

There are reports of a split among members of a Kingston congregation because the church has been supporting a deacon accused of sexually abusing a female child.

The dispute surrounds the case of 66-year-old David Brooks who is charged with indecent assault and sexual grooming.

Brooks appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court today and was ordered to return on October 21 for trial.

It alleged are that after visiting the accused man’s home from over several years, a relationship developed between Brooks, his wife and the child.

It further alleged that during the period, Brooks made sexual advances on the child and touched her inappropriately.

The Crown is to make disclosure of all the relevant documents in the case to the defence on June 30.

In the meantime, it is reported that some church members are upset that more support is being given to Brooks than the child allegedly involved in the incident.