15 February 2013

Liberia: Pastor Held for Rape

Mr. Joseph Bestman, 48, who court officers say is pastor of the Liberty Chapter Church, adjacent the National Transports Authority (NTA) on Somalia Drive in Gardnersville and widely suspected as a dangerous pastor, has been charged with sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy.

Police Thursday charged pastor Bestman of the Liberty Chapter Church pastor with rape after he was brought before the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice.

The suspected rapist was later remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison pending count trial.

According to the police charge, Pastor Bestman was arrested on exactly two weeks ago after parents of the victimized lad

complained to police investigators that their son was sexually abused in the anus by pastor Bestman of the Liberty Chapter Church at 6:30pm on February 7 his room.

The victim told police investigators that the pastor asked him to buy him rice from a nearby market.

The 10-year-old said, after he brought the rice, both of them entered into his room, where the pastor brought his lap-top to him to play a video game called Zuma.

While playing the game, he narrated that Pastor Bestman grabbed his legs, took off his trouser, rubbed cream at his butt and sexually abused him.

The victim explained that he shouting for help but defendant raised the volume of the laptop's speaker to prevent people from coming to his rescue.

But, Pastor Joseph Bestman denied the allegation during police investigations, only saying he asked the victim to help him with water and not to buy race for him.

However, he admitted that both of them entered his room, sat on his bed and asked the victim if he knew how to play a game on laptop, which he did.

But pastor Bestman insisted that he never had sex with the 10-year-old boy as claimed against him.

But statements gathered from eyewitnesses plus a medical report from JDJ Memorial hospital also linked pastor Bestman to the criminal act.

Court officers say the defendant risks spending months in jail because is a non-bailable crime in keeping law.

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