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Church elder gets jail term for child abuse

“I’m gobsmacked,” Judge Reid said of one incident where Beinke molested a girl in a playground.” hints thechronicle.com.au. The former elder – Donald Stephen Beinke – abused the girl and two others on at least four occasions in the 1980s and 1990s.The girl’s father reported the allegations to police when the family was “brushed away” by church elders.THE parents of a girl who was molested by a Jehovah’s Witness elder were threatened by the church in an attempt to stifle their complaint, a court heard.Beinke “groomed” the girl with Arnotts biscuits and molested her as she tried to sleep in his spare bedroom.

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