Saturday, May 17, 2008

Former assistant pastor set for sentencing on rape charges

I missed this one. Gerald Klever is 76. Apparently he raped young girls from his youth group way back in the late 70s.

MEDIA, Pa. - A former assistant pastor of a southeastern Pennsylvania church faces sentencing on charges that he sexually assaulted young girls nearly three decades ago...

...Authorities say Klever raped and sexually assaulted girls in his youth group while an assistant pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield between 1977 and 1983. One woman says he raped her one time at a pool party and another time after tying her to a bed at a church retreat.

Source: Former assistant pastor set for sentencing on rape charges

Klever is 76. It is a little late for justice. I hope his victims have managed to move on. I doubt it. This is the kind of thing that sticks around for years and years.

It looks like Klever was a serial rapist. At least 12 women came forward with allegations of sexual abuse when the case fist hit the press.

Police in Springfield say 12 women have contacted First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, where Klever was assistant pastor between 1977 and 1983, to report sexual misconduct by Klever. The current charges, however, apply to two women who were 16 and 17 when the incidents occurred, said Kovach, explaining that due to the statute of limitations, Klever cannot be prosecuted for misconduct alleged to have occurred before July 12, 1980.

Source: Former pastor, freed on bail in rape case, returns to Tucson

It is a shame I missed this one. Klever appears to one of the worst Pedophile pastors to come to justice in a few years.


serenity said...

Thanks for your comments on the Klever case. I am the primary victim in this case and it took me 30 years of yelling to finally get someone to listen. Klever will be sentenced on July 29 but will not receive prison time. This may be hard for some to understand, but it was a difficult decision for me to make--and yes, the DA in this case relied on my opinion for the plea bargain. Trust me, justice will be served. This man will spend the rest of his life in emotional prison.

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