A 59-year-old assistant pastor at the Liberty Pentecostal Church, in Keighley, West Yorkshire, England, Laurence Peterson, has been jailed for more than 8 years for helping a church minister, Rev. John Wilson, to sexually assault female parishioners.
On several occasions, Peterson blocked doors and held victims down as a 70-year-old Rev John Wilson performed âgrotesqueâ exorcisms on member of the congregation.
A jury heard Peterson may have also laced the womenâs tea with drugs to make them more compliant.
The offences have reportedly left the victims mentally scared.
Peterson was found guilty of counts of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and two charges of aiding and abetting Wilson to commit sex acts.
Also Rev Wilson was jailed for 21 years for a string of sex offences against six women.
The Pastorâs wife, Mary Wilson, was also found guilty of aiding and abetting her husband, and was handed a 22 month suspended sentence.
Peterson is also banned from holding senior positions in religious bodies or perform ministries.
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