By Christa Brown
SNAP members handed out flyers at a Virginia courthouse yesterday, urging a stiff sentence for admitted Baptist preacher-predator George Lowe.
Ben Marsh is the courageous man who brought Lowe to justice.
Lowe molested Ben two decades ago when Ben was a 15-year-old church boy who had gone to Lowe for counseling.
Several years later, when Ben reported the incidents to a church deacon, he was quoted scripture about Christians not taking other Christians to court.
Then, when he was about 20, Ben contacted the police. But no charges were filed.
Time went by, and Ben struggled with the psychological fall-out from what was done to him by that Baptist minister. It had a profound impact on his life, as clergy abuse does with most people.
Last year, Ben again contacted police. This time, they put a wire on him and Ben went to Lowe’s office to discuss the things that happened years ago.
Lowe’s recorded statements gave police the evidence they needed for indictments. (And Virginia has a better statute of limitations than many states.)
Lowe pleaded guilty to two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. My guess is that he pleaded guilty in order to avoid prosecution on 7 more counts that were initially charged.
Lowe now faces a possible penalty of 10 years in prison. Sentencing is set for August 25.
The people of Virginia owe Ben Marsh a debt of gratitude. It wasn’t church leaders who worked to protect their kids. It wasn’t Baptist officials who worked to protect their kids. It was a brave and persistent clergy abuse survivor named Ben Marsh.
Kudos to Ben!
See Ben’s picture as a kid in the school band, and read Ben’s own survivor story here.
Write to the judge and urge the maximum sentence for child molester George Lowe: Judge Gordon Willis, Circuit Court, P.O. Box 69, Stafford, Virginia 22555.
Article used by permission from Christa Brown at Stop Baptist Predators.
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