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Morvian church to setup committee to investigate allegations against ministers

Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 1:43 AM

The bishops of the Moravian Church in Jamaica are to set up an independent committee to investigate allegations brought against president Dr Paul Gardner and vice-president Jermaine Gibson.

Gardner and Gibson stepped aside yesterday, two days after a woman wrote a seven-page email titled "the shame is yours" to Bishops Stanley Clarke and Devon Anglin, the spirituals heads of the Moravian Church in Jamaica.

The email details damning allegations.

The members of the independent committee are to be mutually accepted by the bishops and the woman who wrote the seven page email complaint.

According to the complainant, the series of incidents began at the Mizpah Moravian Church in Manchester when she was 14 years old and continued for years.

Bishops Clarke and Anglin in acknowledging receipt of the complaint informed her that Gardner and Gibson have stepped aside and that the appropriate actions will be taken by the church on completion of the independent investigation.

The email complaint and the bishops' response were copied to Gardner and Gibson, as well as a Gleaner columnist,  a human rights advocate and a public commentator.

This is the latest in a string of developments in what is now being called the Moravian Sex Scandal.

It began with the December 28 arrest of 64-year-old Rupert Clarke, the pastor of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester.

Clarke is now before the court on a charge of having sex with a minor.

The police have said he could also face further charges.