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Letter: A lesson learned

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

On Sept. 26, 2019, Kenneth Scott Marshall, who testified he was a youth pastor of Cornerstone Fellowship Church, was convicted by a jury of sexually molesting a 15-year-old boy in his congregation who had been diagnosed with profound learning disabilities. The offense occurred in June 2018.

During the trial, this boy testified that one of the church’s pastors told him that he (the boy) had lied about Scott Marshall and asked him to recant his accusations. This boy was also contacted through social media by others who attended the church stating he was a liar and needed to change his statements to the police. Those who contacted the boy did so without being aware of the facts in the case. As a result of the sexual assault, the boy has been in counseling for over a year and has reoccurring nightmares about the assault.

The pressure this boy received to change his testimony was tremendous and it was very confusing to him as to why people would attack him ...

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