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January 24, 2017

As far back as 2002, Pastor Jermaine Gibson had a sexual relationship with a young woman who was twelve years old at the time, the police Corporate Communications Unit alleged yesterday.

The communication arm of the police force said that two years after Gibson allegedly abused the teen, another pastor, Paul Gardener, allegedly had sexual relations with her.

Following investigations by detectives from the Centre for Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA),both pastors were yesterday charged with carnal abuse.

The alleged victim, Stacy*, said she is relieved after police to charge the men.

"I am happy that they have both been charged and my resolve to see it through is even greater, especially given their insistence on saying the charges are unfounded as per the statement issued by their lawyer," Stacy told THE STAR.

"I know that it will not be an easy journey but I am prepared to travel to the end. Whatever the result ... I am grateful for an opportunity to put that on the record," the alleged victim added.

Gardner and Gibson, who are in custody, will appear in the Manchester Parish Court next week.