a sexual molestation-harassment which occurred in 2006. The Assistant to the Bishop, also my then pastoral mentor, molested me while on a UM mission trip to Central America.As he rubbed on my shoulder and arm, he rubbed his clothed genitals and masturbated in the jet plane seat next to me, not once, but multiple times. Hethen asked me not to tell anyone. Later, he showed me pornography on the United Methodist Conference computer. Then, he asked for favors when he was to sign my papers which were requiredas part of the review by the Ordained Ministry Team.
This report happened just days before the 2006 Annual Conference. Several meetings were scheduled with. There seemed to be an urgency in having this issue resolved before Annual Conference. The accussed admitted to this action. The orchestrated timing was unrealistic for me, vulnerable and traumatized, to make a sound and healthy decision. Nonetheless, I was pressured into a non-formal resolution and gagged not to share my trauma.
Since that non-formal reporting, my husband a United Methodist pastor, has not received an appointment through this Bishop. He has his Master's Degree and now is forced to work for minimum wage. I am no longer am associated with the United Methodist Conference.
In the March issue of the United Methodist Review, a photo of my molester was celebrated as the chairperson of a retired United Methodist Pastors organization.
Finally, after six years of suffering and professional counseling I am ready to endure the long journey of a formal reporting.
Non-formal reporting was to my District Superintendent of The United Methodist Conference a clergy, another Conference staff, my molester, an advocate and myself.
A non-formal resolution was signed through the use of a fax machine. It was not notarized. There were no legal persons involved.
The physical act began on the take off of the jet plane from the Dallas Airport and continued periodically throughout the trip to Central Am.
It resumed whenever we returned from Central America back to Dallas.
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