John Lowe II – a pastor at New Life Christian Church and World Outreach in Warsaw, Indiana – took the stage in front of his church on Sunday and tried to forgive himself for past sins.
She was the subject of an investigation and came to the center of a viral scandal when she was forced to confess that she had committed statutory rape.
Plus … everything is captured on video.
The video featured on this page was shot by a participant and in it greed tells the Parisians about a relationship early on.
“It was about 20 years ago,” he says. “It has continued for a very long time. It has involved one person, and for the last 20 years there has been no other or unpleasant situation of unpleasant behavior.”
Lowe then walked off the stage .. only one man and one woman had to get up on the same stage and hold the microphone – and a huge bomb would be dropped.
The woman, identified only as Bobby, said she was the mistress whom Lowe was referring to. And she was 16 when love began.
“For 27 years, I’ve lived in a prison … in a prison of lies, lying to protect the Lowe family,” he told the shocked crowd.
“For years, I thought I was a terrible person, thinking of suicide, not realizing what had really happened to me.”
He continued as follows:
“I would still be in prison if my brother … hadn’t come to me just two weeks ago, what he saw as a teenager that bothered him for so many years: his priest in bed with his little sister, a T-shirt and underwear
“Lying and manipulation must stop. I was a prisoner and you put me in your prison.
“I’m not a prisoner anymore. I was only 16 when you took my virginity on your office floor. Do you remember?”
“You did something to my teenage body that was never done, and shouldn’t have been done,” Bobby told the crowd, adding:
You are not a victim here.
The woman’s husband also quoted “shame and guilt” as saying that his wife had felt for decades that the pastor, after “dressing” her as a teenager, referred to the ordeal as “out of adultery.”
The couple then walked off the stage, at which point the audience loudly pressured people to “acknowledge” what she had done.
The priest returned and did exactly that, admitting that his so-called concubine was only 16 years old when he began sleeping with her and added:
“It simply came to our notice then. That’s exactly the way it is. If I could go back and do it again, I would. I can’t. All I can do is ask you to forgive me. “
According to local reports, the county prosecutor has begun an investigation.
The church, meanwhile, issued a statement Monday acknowledging Lowe’s “inappropriate sexual behavior” and explaining in detail:
“We are sorry and devastated for a woman who has lovingly attended and served the church for so many years, as well as for her husband and family.”