Mission worker accused of abusing minors in Haiti

Jun 22, 2019 by

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A Christian Aid Ministries worker has been accused of sexually abusing minors in Haiti after he left the country for the U.S. amid the allegations. CAM also faces a civil claim alleging it knew of similar allegations in the worker’s past for years.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Haitian court documents allege Jeriah Mast of Holmes County, Ohio, is accused of sexually abusing five boys.

Brucely Delma, pastor of a church in Petit-Goave, told the Post-Gazette Mast worked at Delma’s church and its school between 2008 and 2010. Delma said Mast’s work at the church and school ended when Delma learned of Mast’s alleged abuse of boys and excommunicated him. He believes CAM would have known Mast was excommunicated. On June 6, Delma was called before a Haitian court for failing to report abuse to authorities.

Mennonite and Amish abuse victims’ advocate Trudy Metzger of Ontario attended court hearings in early June in Haiti and spoke with alleged victims. She posted a recording on her blog of an interview with a worker from Life Literature — where Mast previously worked part-time — in which the worker said members of both CAM and Life Literature confronted Mast about similar allegations around 2012.

After meeting with alleged victims in Haiti, Metzger wrote on her blog at splash4ripples.com that Mast’s church leaders knew of some allegations “many years ago, and still sent him as a missionary in Haiti.” She says Mast was questioned by a pastor on May 3 about other victims.

“Within hours of learning that he was exposed, Mast packed up his family and fled to USA via Dominican Republic,” she wrote.

In a June 11 statement, CAM said it “promptly discharged” Mast but did not say when. It noted Mast left Haiti without CAM’s knowledge and that it was in communication with U.S. federal government agencies.

A following statement on June 17 said CAM leaders Paul Weaver and Eli Weaver have been placed on administrative leave. They learned of Mast’s 2013 confession of sexual activity with young men and allowed him to continue working in Haiti.

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