Friday, August 3, 2012

Canadian Pastor arrested for indecent act towards woman

The senior pastor at a large Pentecostal church in St. John's did not know until this week that one of his pastors is facing a sex-related charge.

Pastor Geoffrey Whitt, who is assigned to Bethesda Pentecostal Church in the east end of St. John's, was charged in December with committing an indecent act.

Whitt has been the church's children's pastor since 2002, and also runs a music camp for children.

His lawyer, Jeff Brace, told CBC News that the charge does not involve children, and that the complainant is an adult woman who told police that Whitt had exposed himself.

The senior pastor at the church, Brian Brown, did not know about the charge until he was contacted by CBC News on Tuesday.

Brown said he was shaken and taken aback by the revelation, but said he could not comment further until he learned more about the details, and about how the church's leadership wishes to respond.

Whitt is employed by the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland and Labrador, which is now reviewing the case.

Whitt is scheduled to next appear in provincial court in St. John's in April.

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