Court Sets Pastor Free over Allege Rape Case

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The Rev. Dr. Samuel Karyeah (pictured) was remanded at the Gbarnga Central Prison, awaiting court trial.

— 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.

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  1. As reported by the Daily Observer concerning the prevalence of rape in Liberia: “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.

    Nevertheless, these factors still do not qualify in stopping government prosecutors from prosecuting rape criminals. Why? Because criminal offenses are egregious, menacing, and they often affect large demographic parameters of the population. So, crimes committed against individuals like the 15 years old girl in this story is a crime against society at large.

    Her absence due to emotional, psychological, and societal pressure still does not shield the perpetrator from being prosecuted. In a civil action, the ball is in the court of the complainant to continue a civil action against the defendant because it is a personal wrong, but in a criminal action the state can still prosecute the defendant even if the complainant is afraid, or fails to appear, or drops the case.

    If facts and evidence can be established, the prosecutors could go ahead and prosecute Rev. Karyeah regardless of her disappearance. A crime is an offense against society and not the individual alone!
    Today, the shoes are on the feet of somebody else’s daughter and tomorrow, they could be on the feet of your own daughter. We must combat rape collectively!

  2. correction: I meant to say, “Today, the shoes are on the feet of somebody else’s daughter and tomorrow, they could be on the feet of another person’s daughter.

  3. Liberia, oh my Liberia!
    Sending another predator out among innocent children to rape them again.
    Do you think the mother willingly left the city? I think she was persecuted for speaking out for reparation.
    If a clergyman (rapist) can have such powerful network to force a mother and daughter (victim) out of their community, what society do we have in Liberia? Can I bring up my children safely in any society in Liberia, amid those wolves in sheep clothing calling themselves pastors?

    Rev. Dr. Karyeah, you are a rapist and you will ever remain a rapist. If your conscious is not bothering you, God’s judgment will bother you.

  4. There’s an uncivilized practice in some areas of Liberia where citizens bypass law enforcement and use brute force to discipline perpetrators, especially thieves and wizards. I am not a proponent of such a practice. I do understand why some people bypass law enforcement and discipline criminals with their raw hands and whips.

    Although it hurts my conscience ladies and gentlemen, please understand why I say this…. I will be relieved if a rapist is beaten up by “the people” one of these days in some of those dark corners of Liberia.

    There are more women than men in Liberia. With such a racial disparity, it makes no sense whatsoever for any woman to be raped.

    Is rape a kind of mental weakness?

  5. This is a case that I closely followed from its inception and from interviewing some members of the victim’s family, it was clear to me, at least, that he had a affair with the victim.

    Had she been a adult, that would have been an entirely different case, but being a minor shed a different light on the issue.

    this is a criminal case, so why will he be allowed to walk scot free. but then again, I am really not surprised, given the perpetrator and the church influence that was exerted on the family.

    A huge disappointment.

    Peace

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