Stephen Robert Carter, 70, has been jailed for six years for historical sex offences against his young stepdaughter.
She described the deep psychological trauma she had lived with as an adult as a result of his controlling and manipulative sexual abuse in the family home.
She explained the difficulty of living under a “burden of secrecy”, unable to tell anyone about what Carter did to her because of the effect it would have on his high standing within the Nelson Jehovah’s Witness congregation.
Carter had admitted seven charges, including representative charges of rape, sodomy, inducing a girl under 12 to do an indecent act, permitting a girl under 12 to do an indecent act on another male, and counts of committing an indecency with an animal, and being party to an indecency with an animal. Continue reading