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Gov't to aid family of 15-y-o girl at centre of sex abuse case with Moravian pastor

Published:Sunday | January 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Government has taken steps to assist the St Elizabeth family at the centre of the sexual abuse case involving 64-year-old Moravian minister, Rupert Clarke.

Clarke was arrested and charged for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old member of the family.

Two weeks after the arrest, the then president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica, Rev Dr Paul Gardener along with his deputy, the Rev Jermaine Gibson, resigned their positions amid damning allegations in an email that was made public.

Minister of Gender Affairs, Olivia Grange, says the family will be provided with housing by the charity organisation Food for the Poor.

Grange says the government will ensure that it is placed in an area where they will be safe and comfortable.

And she says steps are to be taken to ensure that the family benefits from the various social programmes offered by the government.

The announcement came after Grange and the Member of Parliament for South East St Elizabeth, Franklyn Witter, visited the family at the unfinished two bedroom house in which they live.