— As survivor’s mother disappears with no communication link
Rev. Dr. Samuel Karyeah, the Methodist clergyman who was once arrested and incarcerated for allegedly raping a 15 years old girl in Gbarnga, has reportedly been set free following the disappearance of the victim and her mother to an unknown location where telephone contact is yet impossible to do.
According to sources, the victim and her mother are believed to have been flown out of the country through the combined efforts of clergymen of the church and top government officials.
It can be recalled that 54 years old Rev. Karyeah, who is also an Associate Dean of the Gbarnga School of Theology (GST), was charged by police officers for allegedly raping a 15 years old minor for which he was suspended by the United Methodist Church’s leadership from all functions pending the outcome of the trial.
The 9th Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarnga granted a bail to Rev. Karyea after state lawyers failed to proceed with the case because the victim and witnesses could not appear in court.
The victim was reportedly a sponsored student of Dr. Karyeah at the William V.S. Tubman-Gray High School a United Methodist Church-run school.
After his release, Rev. Karyeah maintained that he was innocent and that the allegation was only meant to destroyed his reputation because the world is evil and there are people who are willing to do anything to hurt somebody. Adding that a christain is not excepted from going through his\her challenges in life because the Holy Bible did not promise that Christianity is bread and butter.
The pastor further explained that despite the government indicting him without the best evidence, he has no intention filing a lawsuit against the government for the false allegation against him.
According to Rev. Karyeah the survivor was like a daughter to him whom everyone knew, including all members and school authority. “The Devil used people who are closer to you either to destroy you or bring you down to public disrepute and it was such a case with me”.
Escaping to testify in rape trail has been one key issue responsible for the persistent prevalence of the menace in Liberia.
Several activists, rape victims and advocates have spoken against compromising rape cases, but the public have failed to reverse the behavior.
Activists and advocates have over time uncovered that rape cases are compromised because of threats from the perpetrators, community members intervention, and a compromise between the perpetrator and parents or guardians of the victims in which money is exchanged.