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Evangelical worship leader faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse as victims come forward; police report to follow

Posted: Monday, August 7, 2023. 2:32 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Allegations exploded toward the end of last week concerning a Cayo-based worship leader and musician who stands accused by several women including a pastor’s daughter of serial abuse over a sustained period.

Because no formal investigation has been launched by police or others, we will refrain from calling the names of or otherwise identifying any persons involved in respect of their privacy.

The first victim, Rebecca Stirm Lennan, posted on Instagram that her encounter with the accused took place at the age of eleven, but that she only first told her family about it earlier this year. While she had not planned to come out publicly about this issue, she was prompted by the accused’s plans to work with young people in creating music. She warns that this will present the accused with more opportunities to foment dangerous situations with any young women in contact with him.

The second victim, who spoke to local media, detailed a history of inappropriate behavior by the accused toward her at the ages of 13 and 14, which happened while they were alone in the accused’s vehicle in Belmopan.

Lennan’s father, who pastors the church in which the accused worked, said in a statement to local media that the revelations made to him earlier this year about the accused prompted him to immediately dismiss the individual from ministry and fellowship with the church, and direct that he seek counseling.

Reverend Lance Lewis, 1st Vice President of the National Evangelical Association of Belize told KREM News he was aware that the accused was disciplined by his pastor, Lennan’s father, earlier this year and that he is only just now putting two and two together as to what may have triggered his suspension from fellowship. He says such discipline is according to Biblical procedure.

We understand that at least one of the victims intends to file a police report.

 

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