A Presbyterian minister was accused of performing oral sex on three troubled men during church rituals he claimed would help them expel “evil spirits,” according to Bridgewater Courier News.
Reverend William Weaver allegedly performed the acts 20 years ago in Linden Presbyterian Church, where he was a pastor for close to 39 years. Weaver also served on various public roles at Linden, the New Jersey town where that church is located.
According to the report, the pastor led the victims to a secluded part of the church where he used gemstones, Native American exorcism techniques, and oral sex.
Weaver was scheduled to undergo an internal church trial this year but renounced to the jurisdiction of the Elizabeth Presbytery, which oversees the activities of 41 Presbyterian churches in New Jersey, a day before the procedure was set to begin. The church’s trail was purely internal, which means it has no impact on civil or criminal prosecutions.
The victims claim to have reported Weaver to the authorities, but no legal charges have been filed against the pastor, according to Bridgewater Courier.
Weaver, who was since expelled from the Presbyterian Church, now lives in a gated retirement community in Lakewood.