Pretoria: Anglican church priest confessed to having sex with churchgoer who slept with him for job

A three-day church tribunal ended on November 7, 2019, when a priest confessed to the accusations of sexual abuse of a church member, Head of the Anglican Diocese of Pretoria Bishop Allan Kannemeyer confirmed.

It is said that the church instituted the Diocesan Tribunal against the priest charging him with ‘sexual assault, sexual immorality, conduct giving just cause for offence, including without limitation, offensive or abusive language, and any inappropriate relationship or activity of whatever nature.’ He was suspended since the internal Church trial started.

The church goer’s ordeal began after she had been given a job she had so desperately tried to get for over a year.

On 1 June 2019, she was allegedly told that a post of verger had opened up. After being appointed for the position, the woman was repeatedly raped by the priest. According to the rape victim, she was unable to reject the pastor, fearing that her refusal would result in her losing her job. 

She alleged that the priest taking advantage of his authority had sex with her on three occasions, twice at her place and once after work. 

“I told him that I did not like what he was doing, but I did not resist. He took advantage of me because he knew how much the job meant to me. I did not want to lose my job,” she stated. “I never gave him any reason to believe that we had a relationship. I did not give him permission to sleep with me.” 

The priest’s case is now to be handed over to the police department for further investigation.

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