Pastor George Lowe Jailed for Child Molestation

This story is courtesy of fredericksburg.com.

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BY KEITH EPPS

A Stafford County minister went to jail yesterday after admitting that he molested a teenage boy more than 20 years ago.

The Rev. George O. Lowe, 71, pleaded guilty in Stafford Circuit Court to two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. Seven other charges were dropped.

His bond was revoked and Lowe is expected to remain in jail at least until he is sentenced in August.

Lowe was the pastor at Mount Hope Baptist Church in Stafford for 43 years until he was removed after being indicted earlier this year.

According to prosecutor Eric Olsen, the molestation took place in 1984 and 1985 at the church. The boy, whose family attended Lowe’s church, was supposed to be getting counseling from Lowe.

Olsen said Lowe repeatedly touched the boy’s private parts and performed oral sex on him. The victim said the abuse occurred at least 20 times.

Olsen said the victim reported the incidents to his family and to a deacon in the church several years later, and a meeting with Lowe was arranged.

Lowe quoted Scripture during that meeting regarding Christians not taking other Christians to court, Olsen said.

The victim later went to Sheriff’s Office, Olsen said, but Lowe denied the allegations and police determined there was not enough evidence to bring charges.

The case was closed, but was reopened last year by Detective Don Lenhart.

Lenhart got the victim to wear a wire and talk to Lowe about what had occurred years before.

During the taped conversation, Lowe said he was sorry about what had happened and that God had already punished him.

Olsen said Lenhart took the tape to Lowe, who confessed.

The victim yesterday said that he was happy that Lowe is finally being held accountable for his actions.

The man said he’s had a lot of problems in life, including drug and alcohol abuse, a suicide attempt, a failed marriage and prison. He believes Lowe’s actions were a contributing factor.

“For more than 20 years I’ve been waiting to get this over with,” the man said. “He betrayed my family’s trust in the worst possible way, and now the blame can be put where it belongs.”

Lowe will be facing a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced. He will be eligible for parole because the crimes occurred before Virginia’s no-parole system took effect.

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2 Responses

  1. I want would like to say a few final words about the conviction of the Former Reverend George O.A. Lowe. It was asked of me; why I wanted to brought something that happened so long ago back out into the open why I want to open old wounds so to speak. Well As I told the Freelance Star in May it was ACCOUNTABILITY.
    Now that he has been sentenced to prison I can finally start to let these wounds heal. The past 20 plus years has been a life of Depression, Drug and Alcohol problems, marital problems, and suicidal idealization all from what was a direct contributor of the evil actions of George Lowe. This so called man of god who sat on his throne for 43 years causing damage to who knows how many other lives. I could not let things lay and move on as was the standard reply over the years.
    Before sentence was pass on Lowe his attorney asked for those who were in the courtroom to please stand to show support for Lowe. Well I want to know why no one stood for the rights of other children. Why no one stood to get this man removed from the stand at Mount Hope Baptist Church after I came to church officials in 1988. I am happy that justice has prevailed and Lowe will be were he will not hurt anyone anymore.
    I hope this case will serve as a warning to others out there that may want to hurt children for their own pleasure. You will be caught and you will be punished. I ask that if there are victims out there of Lowe or anyone else to come forward. Let the law work for you as it has for me.

  2. Please feel free to send me a email also bnmarsh1968@yahoo.com

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