John Lowe II — a pastor on the New Life Christian Church and World Outreach in Warsaw, Indiana — took to the stage in entrance of his congregation on Sunday and tried to absolve himself of previous sins.
As an alternative, nevertheless?
He ended up as the topic of an investigation and on the middle of a viral scandal after being pressured admit that he dedicated statutory rape.
Furthermore… it was all captured on video.
The video featured on this web page was shot by an attendee and it options Lowe telling parishioners early on about an affair.
“It was almost 20 years in the past,” he says. “It continued far too lengthy. It concerned one particular person, and there’s been no different, nor some other conditions of unbecoming conduct for the final 20 years.”
Lowe then walked off the stage.. just for a person and a girl to stroll up on the identical stage and seize the microphone — and drop an infinite bombshell.
The lady, recognized solely as Bobbi, stated she was the mistress to whom Lowe was referring. And that she was 16 years outdated when the affair started.
“For 27 years, I lived in a jail … jail of lies, mendacity to guard the Lowe household,” she instructed a surprised crowd.
“For years, I assumed I used to be a horrible particular person, having suicidal ideas, not realizing what had really been performed to me.”
She continued as follows:
“I might nonetheless be in a jail if my brother… had not approached me simply two weeks in the past with what he had seen as a young person that bothered him all these years: his pastor in mattress along with his youthful sister, a T-shirt and underwear on.
“The lies and the manipulation must cease. I used to be a prisoner and also you saved me in your jail.
“I’m a prisoner not. I used to be simply 16 while you took my virginity in your workplace ground. Do you do not forget that?”
“You probably did issues to my teenage physique that had by no means, and may have by no means, been performed,” Bobbi instructed Lowe instantly, including:
You aren’t the sufferer right here.
The lady’s husband additionally chimed in, citing the “disgrace and guilt” he stated his spouse had felt for many years after the pastor “groomed” her as a young person, referring to the ordeal as “far past adultery.”
The couple then walked off the stage, at which era attendees loudly pressed Lowe to “admit” what he’d performed.
The pastor returned and did precisely this, confessing his so-called mistress was solely 16 years outdated when he began sleeping along with her, and including:
“It was incorrect, … I can’t make it proper. That’s simply the best way it’s. If I may return and redo all of it, I might. I can’t. All I can do is ask you to forgive me.”
In line with native stories, the county prosecutor has opened up an investigation into this matter.
The church, in the meantime, launched an announcement Monday acknowledging Lowe’s “improper sexual conduct” and elaborating as follows:
“We’re hurting and damaged for a lady who has lovingly attended and served within the church for a few years, in addition to for her husband and household.”