Former pastor Gerald Klever was sentenced on Tuesday, July 29, 2008, to 10 years’ probation, one year of house arrest, 1,000 hours of community service, and restitution of $25,000 in his sex abuse case. In May he pled no contest to rape and guilty to sexual assault involving two women who were children when he assaulted them in 1980 while he was pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Delaware. Klever is now 76 and in failing health.
The sad thing is that Klever’s behavior was reported by victims to church authorities within a few years of his actions but the reports were ignored. It wasn’t until two years ago – 26 years later – that a new pastor dared to send out letters asking for any potential victims or witnesses to come forward. God’s people perpetrated this injustice.
Upon investigation of dozens of complaints, only 4 women agreed to speak with police. Klever was originally charged with 15 counts and pled to two counts.
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