“I am Cheryl’s uncle. It is I that took her in to my home in California and protected her from this abuse. I, along with my caring wife, Lauri, and my loving mother have waited fifteen years to see this man brought to justice. We tried to get Cheryl to press charges fifteen years ago but she was so afraid of her parents and the members of this church she could not do it. We have watched for fifteen years while my sister protected her perverted husband and allowed him to destroy her image among the other members of the Trinity Baptist Church in Concord, New Hampshire. Pastor Chuck Phelps is just as guilty as he knew the truth but allowed my sister and her husband to lie to the congregation and place blame on Cheryl.
Cheryl’s molestation by her stepfather was hidden from the congregation and her reputation was destroyed by them. Cheryl was not sent away by them because she turned from God….Cheryl stayed with us against her parents desire because she was molested by her stepfather and then Pastor Phelps and my sister helped him cover it up. In this article Pastor Phelps states that he was told by
Cheryl’s family that state Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) was involved and that the allegations were reported to the Werner police. Really? Does he not realize that telling a lie is a sin? If this were true then there would have been no reason for him to tell me on the phone, after we took Cheryl in, that he was not required to report this to authorities because of Pastor/Church member confidentiality. He was informed of the abuse approximately a year before we took in Cheryl.
Pastor Phelps, you lie and I look forward to facing you in court also. You allowed my sister and her husband to completely destroy my niece. You protected the abuser, you preserved his reputation within your congregation and you threw the victim to the wolves. Her stepfather molested her and you, with my sister’s help, finished her off. I wonder, does your God forgive those who do not show remorse? That will have to be between you and God as I do not even begin to believe that I can judge anyone’s salvation.
I do, however, realize that I am very good at judging remorse. You, Pastor Phelps, do not show any and Cheryl’s stepfather has never shown any either. On the contrary, for fifteen years the only thing that we have seen from my sister’s husband is arrogance. They have lied about Cheryl, he has refused to apologize, and they have continued to tear her apart with their hatred.
My sister did not protect her daughter, No, Betty protected herself. She protected her financial future, her husband, their image among the church congregation, and she threw her daughter in the trash. Betty, you might have succeeded in fooling your fellow church members, friends, and family in New Hampshire, but I wonder, do you really believe that you have fooled the only true one who counts? Do you really believe that you have fooled God? Go ahead and continue living in your little dream world, go ahead and continue protecting the abuser and destroying the abused.
I will go to my maker with the knowledge that I did all I could to protect Cheryl, you can go to your maker with the knowledge that you defended the abuser and turned your back on the abused, your daughter. Shame on you all for the wrong you have inflicted on Cheryl. May God have mercy on your soul’s, I will not.”