Jehovah’s Witnesses denied access to records

POLICE visited the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Brighton as Moscrop was a member, but the religious group “declined to give access to their records”, aSussex Police spokesman said.

Mr French said he was astonished about that and the fact that Moscrop appeared to have been reaccepted into the organisation years after being thrown out because of his caution for sexual abuse. He said: “I was astonished. There was never any form of repentance or apology or anything like that.”

A Jehovah’s Witnesses spokesman told The Argus they have a “deep abhorrence of child abuse” and Moscrop had not “held a position of trust in the congregation”.

He said Moscrop had not “actively associated” with the congregation for several years. He continued: “Our Bible-based beliefs actively promote a very high moral standard. Jehovah’s Witnesses have, for many years, promoted the safeguarding of children.”

The group did not respond to an email asking about whether they give information to the police as policy.