Find America’s Most Wanted Child Predator Frederick McLean, Fugitive Pedophile

“…even though he has allegedly been abusing for 20 years, he has no criminal record.”

Find Pedophile Frederick McLean

Frederick McLean is a fugitive pedophile and remains America’s Most Wanted Child Predator.

Find America’s Most Wanted Pedophile Frederick McLean, likely hiding in The Watchtower’s Jehovah’s Witness worldwide “Kingdom” Halls.

Remember: McLean is a fugitive pedophile and remains America’s Most Wanted Child Predator.

Anyone with any information should contact Tom Maranda (U.S. Marshal) at (619) 557-6620, or via email

See All Along the Watchtower for additional background information...

Ministerial Servant and Pioneer, Pedophile Frederick Mclean of the Watchtower's Jehovah's Witnesses
Ministerial Servant and Pioneer, Pedophile Frederick Mclean of the Watchtower’s Jehovah’s Witnesses
RE: "Ministerial Servant","Pioneer", Pedophile
ID: Frederick Mclean, Jehovah's Witness, Watchtower paradise pioneer pedophile servicing little girls in San Diego.


America's MOST WANTED Frederick Cecil McLean is a fugitive wanted for multiple counts of sexual assault on girls between ages five and twelve.

McLean was charged and an arrest warrant was issued for him in San Diego Superior Court in January of 2005 for four counts of child molestation and one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.

 “He is a serial pedophile,” Zalkin said. “It’s about accountability. It’s about taking responsibility. It’s about protection of children. It’s about changing the way they operate.”

Zalkin claims child abuse continues inside the Jehovah’s Witness community. He claims church leaders, known as elders, and Jehovah’s Witness’ headquarters, known as The Watchtower, treat child abuse like a sin instead of a crime.

“The elders are instructed that they are to report that up the chain to The Watchtower, before or not to authorities,” Zalkin said. “It is The Watchtower who will decide what happens.”

Team 10 found The Watchtower has sent each congregation and its elders several confidential memos about how to handle child abuse starting in 1989.

The original memo warns to “be careful not to divulge information about personal matters, quoting scripture which says there is ‘a time to keep quiet.”

Another memo from October 2012 outlines the current church policy: It tells elders to “call the legal department” and “contact your … Overseer.” It says, “loving elders should take steps to protect children, especially when … the one who has sexually abused a child … will be allowed to remain a member …”

See original article—now edited—on ABC 10 News San Diego.
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The Watchtower of Jehovah’s Witnesses

McLean used his knowledge of the inner workings of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower to access and molest an estimated 30 children. McLean was a ministerial servant and pioneered—a privileged granted by the Watchtower—and often took children on camping trips.

Is Frederick McLean hiding in your spiritual paradise?
Is Frederick McLean hiding in your spiritual paradise?

McLean is believed to have assumed a new identity and pretending to be a new convert to a congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. As a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses he is encouraged to be active in the ‘field ministry’—calling on the homes of the public—which allows him further access to children by offering free home bible studies.

America’s Most Wanted Pedophile former Watchtower’s Jehovah’s Witness Frederick McLean
America’s Most Wanted Pedophile former Watchtower’s Jehovah’s Witness Frederick McLean


While it is estimated that he molested over 30 children using the religion as a way to gain the trust of the children and to cover his actions, The Watchtower (the legal corporation of Jehovah’s Witnesses) settled the cases with the settled with the victims.




This post is prompted tonight by my personal experience with…

“not bringing reproach upon Jehovah’s organization”.

Most Jehovah’s Witnesses

have no idea there are 24,000+ pedophiles who have hidden among the silent lambs

in their congregations…

San Diego ABC 10 News reported obtaining video of admitted child molester Jehovah’s Witness Gonzalo Campos.

“I did abuse him,” said Campos in the video. “I touched his private parts.

Testimony of Gonzalo Campos

Accused JW pedophile confession on camera released by San Diego ABC 10 News.

Team 10 asked if Zalkin believed it’s widely known that there are sexual abuse problems inside Jehovah’s Witnesses.

“No, no and it needs to be brought to the public’s attention,” Zalkin said. “They have been operating in secrecy and at will for decades.”

MSNBC Reports

MSNBC Lisa Myers and Richard Greenberg, NBC News Investigative Unit
Reprint with Permission.  Updated 11/21/2007 5:43:14 PM ET

Frederick McLean is one of the most-wanted fugitives in the United States, charged with 17 counts of child sexual abuse in California.  Law enforcement sources say that when a victim’s family confronted McLean in 2004, he allegedly confessed.  But before he could be arrested, McLean fled.

Authorities identified at least eight victims that McLean allegedly abused over the course of nearly a decade.  One victim estimated McLean molested her “over 100 times,” according to the U.S. Marshals Service.  Deputy Marshal Thomas Maranda, who is leading the hunt for the 56-year-old fugitive, says McLean gained the trust of many of his victims through his leadership position, as a so-called ministerial servant, in his local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses near San Diego.

His role was to assist young
His role was to assist young “sisters” in the “worldwide door-to-door” pioneer work.

“His role in the church was significant,” Maranda explains, “because we believe that his participation in the church gave him access to his victims.”

His role in the church also became a matter of legal controversy.  Last year, some victims’ families filed suit against the Jehovah’s Witnesses, alleging that both McLean’s local congregation and the church’s national headquarters, the Watchtower Society, “knew, or should have known, that Frederick McLean was a pedophile.”

Frederick McLean, Watchtower Pedophile
Frederick McLean, Watchtower Pedophile (Appearance in 1996)

The Jehovah’s Witnesses recently agreed to pay to settle that lawsuit and eight other similar cases, without admitting wrongdoing.   The cases all involved men the church allegedly knew had sexually abused children.  The settlements for those cases are confidential and filed under seal.

However, NBC News has obtained a copy of one of the settlements from the McLean lawsuit, and it may offer an indication of the potential magnitude of the payouts. According to the court record, the church agreed to pay $781,250 to the accuser, who claimed McLean abused her from age 3 to age 9.  (After legal fees and other costs, the accuser was set to receive approximately $530,000.)

Lawyers for the plaintiffs declined to comment.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses did not comment specifically on any of the lawsuits, but issued a statement to NBC News: “For the sake of the victims in these cases, we are pleased that a settlement has been reached.  Our hearts go out to all those who suffer as a result of child abuse.  Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide are united in their abhorrence of this sin and crime.” [Click here for the complete statement.]

Why not?

Candace Conti

On June 13 and 14, 2012, for the first time in its history, the Watchtower society (Jehovah’s Witnesses) lost a court battle about its implication in a child sex abuse case. The Californian Justice System of Alameda found the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society legally responsible and has been ordered to pay up to 2.8 million dollars in compensatory damages and as much as 21 million dollars in punitive damages to the victim, Candace Conti.

More Pedophiles

It’s a Spiritual Paradise for the touchy

Internal records now coming to light from the settled lawsuits may help explain why the church agreed to settle the cases.  Documents show that the church knew for years that some prominent members were sexually abusing children and did little.  Church officials allegedly became aware of several of the cases in question through what amount to internal judicial proceedings, at which local elders confronted suspected abusers, obtained confessions, then meted out punishments.

James Henderson

James Henderson, for example, was a longtime Jehovah’s Witness elder in Red Bluff, California – and a serial molester.  The newly uncovered documents include a 1994 letter from a senior regional church official to headquarters stating that Henderson was sanctioned by the church, stripped of a leadership position, “in the early ‘70’s” in another California town.  “Now he has admitted to doing it again,” the letter states.  In the late 1980s, according to another internal church document, a local elder dismissed allegations that Henderson had been sexually abusing a young boy: “There was no way it could be true so it was forgotten.”

James Henderson
James Henderson, Watchtower Pedophile

By October 1994, Henderson was Presiding Overseer – the top elder – in his congregation.  After a father of one of his victims confronted him, according to church records, Henderson confessed to other elders preemptively, although he said he had stopped molesting the boy more than three years earlier.  That was significant, because, at the time, the church apparently had a policy of waiving sanctions if a sinner was repentant and the sin had occurred at least three years earlier.

In spite of Henderson’s confession, the elders did not inform California authorities.  (In 1994, California law did not yet mandate that clergy report suspected abuse; the law changed in 1997).  Instead, they conducted their own inquiry, apparently while Henderson and his wife were on vacation.  A few weeks later, elders reported they found “irregularities” in Henderson’s story, and confronted him a second time.  Henderson admitted molesting the victim “one and one half years ago.”  He also admitted “paying restitution for a similar offense” in the early 1970s.

The elders decided to remove Henderson as Presiding Overseer and “publicly reproved” him, announcing to the congregation that he had committed a sin, without disclosing the details.  Still, they did not go to authorities.

But then the victim’s family did.

While police were investigating, church officials questioned Henderson yet again.  He confessed to molesting other children, including his own son, according to a church document.  At that point, Henderson was excommunicated.  In the meantime, law enforcement authorities contacted the local elders, who at that point apparently cooperated in the investigation.

On December 14, 1994, Henderson was arrested.  In 1995, he pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual abuse and was sentenced to four years, four months in prison.   By 1998, he was out on parole and, according to church correspondence, attending another Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation.

Alvin Heard

Alvin Heard, Watchtower Pedophile
Alvin Heard, Watchtower Pedophile

Like Henderson, Alvin Heard was also a member of a Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in Red Bluff, California and was also excommunicated – “disfellowshipped” – for molesting children.  In Heard’s case, records show the church first learned of the abuse in 1981, when the local congregation sent a letter to the national headquarters explaining that Heard was kicked out after he admitted sexually abusing three children, whose “ages range from five nine and eleven years.”

In a deposition filed as part of the recent civil lawsuits, Heard admitted confessing to church elders in the late 1980s that he had molested four more young children.  His punishment that time: “private reproval.”  In other words, church elders chastised him privately, but never told other members of the congregation, according to the deposition.  Again, it appears, the church did not pass the information to police or child welfare authorities.

In the 1990s, Heard moved to South Dakota.  In his deposition, he said he told church elders there that he had a history of child molestation. They, too, apparently kept his secret.

By 2003, Heard had moved to Oregon, where he molested yet again.  In January 2004, he was indicted for sexually abusing a five-year-old boy.  He pleaded guilty and currently is serving six years, three months in prison.  Through the prison warden’s office, Heard declined to be interviewed.

In all, the nine settled lawsuits involved 16 victims and eight alleged abusers, all of whom – except Frederick McLean – have been criminally convicted.

Among them:

  • Larry Kelley, a television personality and children’s entertainer in Amarillo, Texas; and
  • Timothy Silva, who reportedly taught “adolescent book studies” at a congregation in Woodland, California.

The church allegedly knew of Silva’s problem as early as 1987, according to one of the lawsuits, but still allowed him to work with children.

Timothy Silva, Watchtower Pedophile
Timothy Silva, Watchtower Pedophile

Barbara Anderson, a former church member and a vocal critic of the organization on this issue, contends that Jehovah’s Witnesses policies “protect pedophiles rather than protect the children.”

Anderson recently compiled documents from the lawsuits on a CD titled “Secrets of Pedophilia in an American Religion.”

Anderson says she first focused on the controversy in the early 1990s when she worked at the Watchtower Society headquarters in Brooklyn and was assigned to deal with letters from church members complaining of abuse.

While conducting that research, she says she discovered that in its internal proceedings against accused molesters, the church applies a biblically based “two-witness” rule.  “They require another witness to the actual molestation,” Anderson says, “which is an impossibility.” (Anderson is a part of the Silent Lambs group.)

Anderson also claims that she discovered the church headquarters kept track of sexual abuse cases in confidential files.

The recent lawsuits produced evidence that the headquarters did keep internal records of abuse reports submitted by local congregations.  The court filings include a church form called a Child Abuse Telememo.

“Just thinking that they had a memo made up, printed up that says ‘Child Abuse Telememo,’” Anderson says, “indicates to me that they were handling this a lot.  Because why make up a form for it?”

The Telememo appears to be a questionnaire to guide officials at headquarters who receive phone calls from local elders.  It includes boxes to check as to whether the alleged incident took place in a “reporting state” – where clergy by law must report suspected abuse – or in a “non-reporting state.”

In reporting states, the form instructs officials to advise local elders “to make an anonymous phone report from a neutral location, such as a phone booth.”

The church consistently has maintained that it follows all laws on reporting suspected child abuse.  Those laws are complex.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 25 states specifically mandate that clergy report suspected abuse; but 21 of those states recognize exemptions for “pastoral communications.”

Another 16 states have blanket reporting laws, which cover “any person” and may be interpreted as including clergy; seven of those states also grant pastoral privilege.  [Click here for a state-by-state review of reporting laws.]

In its statement to NBC, the Jehovah’s Witnesses said it does “not condone or protect child molesters.  Our elders expel unrepentant sinners who commit this crime.”  According to the church, “the incidence of this crime among Jehovah’s Witnesses is rare.”

The statement said the organization does “not silence victims” and “members have an absolute right to report his horrible crime to the authorities.”  The church has issued many publications about child abuse, including the cover story in the October issue of its magazine, Awake.  “These articles clearly show our concern for protecting children from sexual abuse,” the church said in its statement.

In the meantime, Frederick McLean remains on the run. The U.S. Marshals Service says he should be considered “armed and dangerous, and possibly suicidal.”

According to the church, “the incidence of this crime among Jehovah’s Witnesses is rare.”

Watchtower Policy Protects Predators

The Watchtower policy prohibits warning fellow congregation members of the danger of a pedophile in the congregation:

The WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS comprise a hierarchical organization made up of different corporations and other (including non-profit) entities. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York is the parent organization of all entities of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States.

The “Governing Body” establishes policies and dictates practices for Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout the world, and operates through various corporate entities including the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania.

Congregations & Agents of the Corporation

Local congregations are led by Elders, Ministerial Servants and Pioneers who are appointed by the Governing Body and/or the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Local Congregation. Elders, Ministerial Servants and Pioneers are agents of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York and the Governing Body and are required to obey and follow the rules handed down by the Governing Body and the Watchtower Society.

Watchtower Defendants

Through their rules and policies, the WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS assumed a duty to protect children in their organization, including Plaintiffs. The WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS negligently failed to exercise reasonable care in fulfilling that duty.

The WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS undertook the responsibility to instruct their elders as to what to do when they received allegations of child sexual abuse. They promulgated policies and rules directing the elders to call the WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS’ “Legal Department” for direction about whether to report allegations of sexual abuse to police and law enforcement. The poliCies were designed to prevent cooperation with, if not frustrate, secular investigations. Elders were sometimes instructed to make anonymous calls from telephone booths so that law enforcement authorities would be unable to contact them for more information.

The WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS promulgated policies and rules requiring local congregations, through their elders, to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse. They enacted evidentiary and procedural rules governing the formation and operation of “judicial committees,” comprised of elders, which gathered and considered eVidence, questioned witnesses and rendered judgments about whether child sexual abuse had or had not occurred. Often these judgments were based on the “two witness rule,” which allowed allegations of child sexual abuse to be disregarded unless the perpetrator confessed or there were two eye witnesses to the crime. Additionally, the elders were instructed not to reveal to law enforcement authorities the results of their investigations.

The WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS assumed the duty to punish organization members who were guilty of child sexual abuse. Since the allegations were often concealed from secular authorities, the perpetrators often received no punishment except for that meted out by the WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS. Sometimes the offenders were “disfellowshipped,” or expelled from the organization. Other times their punishment was secret; they were “privately reproved” or placed on “restrictions” so that other congregation members would not know that a dangerous child abuser was in their midst.

The WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS’ policies, which were ostensibly promulgated to protect children in the organization, emphasized secrecy above all other concerns. Victims of child sexual abuse, and their families, were routinely told not to inform secular authorities. Victims were often discouraged, if not prevented, from obtaining appropriate medical and psychological care or from confiding in their siblings or close friends. Instead, they were instructed to rely on elders for counsel.

The WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS instructed the local congregations and elders to make written reports to the WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS’ “Service Department” about allegations of child sexual abuse leveled against elders, ministerial servants and pioneers, as well as written reports of judicial committee actions concerning child sexual abuse allegations made against any Jehovah’s Witness. The WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS have for years maintained files and, more recently, a computerized database containing such information. The WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS undertook the responsibility to compile this information to protect congregation members and they therefore assumed a duty to utilize this information with reasonable care. However, despite having confidential information that would allow parents, law enforcement authorities and even elders to identify sexual predators and actually take steps to protect children, the WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS negligently concealed this information from the persons who needed it most urgently.

The WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS have, at all material times, had the ability to know when a “known pedophile,” a term they sometimes use, moves from one congregation to another. However, they have negligently failed to utilize the information they have compiled to monitor the movement of sexual predators through their organization and issue appropriate warnings. The WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS promulgated rules and policies that require the former congregation to write a “letter of instruction” when a member moved to another congregation. However, the WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS negligently failed to take any steps to ensure that such a letter was actually sent or that the letter contained accurate information and adequate warnings. If a sexual predator moved from a congregation where he was known to be a pedophile, but then moved a second time, the WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS’ rules did not even require the first congregation’s letter to be passed along to the third congregation.

These are but a few examples of the WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS assuming a duty to protect children in the organization but failing to exercise reasonable care in fulfilling that duty.

Frederick McLean was appointed Ministerial Servant by the Governing Body and/or the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York. A Ministerial Servant is an agent of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, the Governing Body and the other Watchtower Defendants.

A Ministerial Servant is held out by the Watchtower Defendants to be a person of good character and responsibility and a person one can trust to supervise minor children.

Parents within the Watchtower organization are encouraged to view Ministerial servants as role models for their children. Children within the organization are taught to look up to and respect Ministerial Servants.

Frederick McLean
Frederick McLean, one of U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted

The WATCHTOWER DEFENDANTS knew, or should have known, that Frederick McLean was a pedophile. Nevertheless, he was appointed Ministerial servant and allowed to occupy a leadership position in the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization.

Beginning in approximately 1991, McLean used the position of trust that his status as a Ministerial Servant represented and conferred, to obtain access to Plaintiffs so that he could sexually abuse them. He abused SH and NH from approximately 1993 to 1999. He abused GG from approximately 1992 to 1999, and abused AB from approximately 1991 to 1999. The abuse occurred primarily in San Diego County, California.

Anyone that has seen or may know Frederick McLean should call Deputy US Marshal Tom Maranda at 619-557-6620 extension 240.  In an emergency situation, call 911.

Silent Lambs Report

One of  the U. S. Marshall’s 15 most wanted, Frederick “Rick” Cecil McLean is an expert mechanic who was financially successful in the business of buying, restoring, and reselling vintage CanAm and open-wheel race cars from the 60’s and 70’s, McLean lived and worked in the San Diego and Riverside counties of southern California.

According to US Marshals, McLean was a “Ministerial Servant” (deacon) within the Jehovah’s Witnesses and used his position of trust to commit sexual crimes against young girls between 5 and 12 years of age. One victim’s parents said they had no clue that a sexual predator was amongst them—even though church elders had prior knowledge of complaints against McLean from other congregations.

McLean is an experienced outdoorsman and would often take children on overnight camping trips. Police maintain that parents trusted him with their kids because of his almost “fanatical concern” for the kids’ safety.

Law enforcement authorities say that McLean was confronted a number of times over the years by those he molested, but Jehovah’s Witnesses church policy require two witnesses to an event of molestation before taking any kind of disciplinary action. By utilizing this church policy loophole, Detectives believe McLean moved from one congregation to another, keeping his crimes hidden for 25 to 30 years, before one of his victims reported him to police in May 2004. According to cops, McLean is to be considered armed and dangerous and may be compulsive in his need to sexually molest young girls.  It is estimated that there are at least thirty victims. 

McLean may have altered his physical appearance. He may now be clean-shaven and might also be dyeing his hair. Authorities believe that he may have purchased a new set of identity documents. He is also believed to have armed himself with a gun.  McLean was an active Jehovah’s Witness for many years and used their beliefs and practices to access JW children. McLean with a new identity may be active as a member in a Jehovah’s Witness congregation. As an active member of the Watchtower (Jehovah’s Witness) he would be calling on the homes of the public, offering  to conduct Bible Studies to have access to children, especially females aged five to twelve.

Police consider McLean to be ARMED, DANGEROUS, DESPERATE and SUICIDAL. 

If a person in a Kingdom Hall (Jehovah’s Witness Church) or claiming to be a Jehovah’s Witness calling at your home matches this description, DO NOT CONFRONT HIM! 

 Additional Information and Resources

Freddie, Also Known As…

  • Frederick McClean
  • Frederick McClain
  • Frederick McClaine
  • Rick McClean
  • Rick McLean
  • Rick McLaine
  • Rick McLain

Source: NBC DATELINE: Expose on Jehovah Witnesses Pedophile Cover-Up

700MB of documents RE the Watchtower and Jehovah’s Witnesses

We like to thank all ANONS who helped to collect, evaluate and sort this material.

Browse all files · Full Archive (bzip2, 700mb) · Added January 18, 2013

  • An interesting, mainly credible, account of an insider’s view of congregation workings over the past several decades. JW’s Brooklyn and Manhattan real estate holdings, possible fraud, Watchtower history, and their policies toward child sex abuse cases, beginning in the 1980s, are detailed. A good place to start for someone with limited knowledge of Witnesses. (PDF, 460kb)
  • Folder of documents on the “Chimera” lawsuit, a current pro se action brought in San Mateo, California involving alleged congregation fraud, money laundering, and a wide ranging RICO scheme involving bank, city, and public employees, to divest older members of the congregation from their spiritual leadership positions, and control over congregation cash. The case itself may not offer much insight, but does gives clues as to how the congregation is structured, and details some of their inner workings on maintaining bank accounts, fundraising, et cetera.
  • Some of this information about building fund schemes, touched upon here and in other Chimera case docs, may be of interest to those who are studying Scientology’s real estate transactions and fundraising schemes, as described in Lawrence Wright’s new book “Going Clear”. (PDF, 105kb)
  • Collection of material about child sex abuse allegations within the JW. Witness testimony, a large volume of info on William Bowen, who founded a Jehovah’s Witnesses survivors support group, SilentLambs, Inc, corporate docs, and lawsuit material between the congregation and Bowen, included.

There is lots of more data in the archive, including video testimony and various other court documents. Use the links  to access the full data. We like to thank all ANONS who helped to collect, evaluate and sort this material.

Map of Jehovah’s Witnesses Accused of Child Sex Abuse

Jehovah’s Witnesses Accused of Child Sex Abuse

Pin a Pedophile, Map a Molester— here’s how to add your report to the map…

#JWMeToo #MeTooJW

Maps are of Jehovahs Witnesses accused before the congregation of child sex abuse in accordance with Matthew 18:15-17.


Suspicion of child sex abuse should be reported immediately to the police.

#JW #Jehovah #JWORG #Watchtower #PinAPedophile #MapAMolester #JehovahsWitnesses

Report a Jehovah’s Witness Child Molester to the Congregation

Suspicion of any child abuse should always be reported to the police.

Have you, or someone you know, been molested by a brother or sister in the congregation? It’s not too late to protect other children in the congregation!

Pin a Pedophile or Molester to the Map to Report a Jehovah’s Witness to the congregation:

Please report in accordance with Matthew 18:15-17, and Exodus 23:1. View Map

How to Report to the Police

Child sex abuse is a crime.

Report to the Police

God appointed the governing authorities to avenge the one who does wrong. (Romans 13:4)

Anyone with reasonable suspicion of child abuse—evidence is not required—should immediately report it to the governing authorities.

You may make a verbal report to the Child Protection Hotline at 1 (800) 540-4000.

Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God.

So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority?

Do what is good, and you will have its approval. For government is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason.

For government is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong. Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath, but also because of your conscience.

—Romans 13:1-5

Report to the Congregation

“If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private.” — Matthew 18:15

In the video “Protect Your Children” Jehovah’s Witness children are taught that they should yell “stop doing that I’m gonna tell on you!”

“If he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established.”— Matthew 18:16

When a child’s parents, or the elders on behalf of the child’s family, confront an accused congregation member they are bringing the sin before him, for the purpose of establishing the facts before two or more witnesses.

“If he pays no attention to them, tell the congregation. But if he doesn’t pay attention even to the congregation, let him be like an unbeliever.”— Matthew 18:17

Following God’s provision for handling the sin in the congregation supports his provision for the governing authorities handling the crime in the community.

“Stop doing that I’m gonna tell on you!”

The child should be able to rely on the two witnesses to work with the governing authorities in the investigation of the crime.

When the Watchtower’s elders are chosen as the “two witnesses” to establish the facts they then treat it as a ‘sin’ holding a ‘judicial committee’ with ‘ecclesiastical privilege’.

It is important therefore that a child have two witnesses from the congregation who will testify to the facts, as they are established, when it comes to the criminal investigation—not claim ‘ecclesiastical privilege’.

What’s involved in reporting to the authorities?

You may make a verbal report to the Child Protection Hotline at 1 (800) 540-4000.

Questions Asked

  • What the child said
  • What you observed
  • What the person accompanying the child said
  • Similar past incidents involving the child
  • Similar past incidents involving the accused
  • The name of the child
  • The name of the accused
  • The relationship of the accused to the child
  • Address and/or current location of the accused
  • Provide specific dates and/or time frames for each incident
  • Provide the specific location (address if known) of the incident
  • Who, if anyone, was a witness to the event?
  • Is there anyone else who may know about the incident or who may be able to provide information about the child or the child’s family? Provide the identifying information (name, address, telephone, etc.) and relationship of the person to the child/family.

Provide any further details such as the names of elders who are involved from the congregation.

Once you’ve reported the suspected abuse to the governing authorities, you should send copies—via certified mail with return receipt—to the Service Department Jehovah’s Witnesses at 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn NY 11201, and to the body of elders of the local congregation.

View the “Suspected Child Abuse Report” form used for mandatory reporting.

America’s Most Wanted