Church Minister, John Wilson, on trial for child sex abuse offences

A church minister told seven vulnerable women that he would 'rid them of evil spirits' before he raped and sexually abused them, a court heard.

John Wilson, 70, allegedly told one victim: 'Queens need to be dethroned, God has made me a king so I am allowed to do this' before raping her.

He told another that if she had evil spirits in her he would need to 'go into the womb to release them', it was said.

Wilson is accused of 31 offences against seven women, including 23 indecent assaults, two rapes and one sexual assault.

The church minister is also alleged to have plotted to commit four other indecent assaults with his wife and colleague. He denies all charges. 

The alleged incidents were said to have taken place between 1984 and 2010, while Wilson served at Liberty Pentecostal Church in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

He is accused of carrying out the attacks during one-to-one prayer 'deliverance' sessions in the church and at the homes of his victims - the youngest aged just 13.

Opening the prosecution at Bradford Crown Court, David McGonigal QC said: 'This case involves the sexual abuse of seven women in the name of religion.

Verisona Law have specific expertise in dealing with child abuse claims/sexual abuse claims. If you were subject to child abuse please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence.

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  • Private schools, boarding schools, local authority schools, closed schools, hospital schools.


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Private companies

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Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence

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National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs

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Religious Institutions

  • Roman Catholic Church, United Synagogue, Sisters of Nazareth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Brothers Order.

Foster Carers

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