Prominent Married Christian Advocate for Persecuted Christians Resigns After Sex Assault Conviction
I believe this says he is married and had converted to Christianity at a young age. Another example of why Be Equally Yoked is a waste of a single woman’s time.
- Barnabas Aid defends its work as ‘much bigger than one man’ after jury rules Patrick Sookhdeo groped employee and intimidated witnesses.
- [ POSTED 2/26/2015 11:35AM ]
The founder and director of one of the world’s largest advocates for persecuted Christians has resigned after being convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in his office on Valentine’s Day last year.
Trustees of Barnabas Aid International were “saddened” by Monday’s verdict by a British jury against Patrick Sookhdeo, who had disputed the charges. The board told CT: “Whilst [he] would have been able to continue as a trustee … he has asked to resign from this post and the board has accepted his resignation.”
The Western Daily Press first reported the conviction, which was picked up by the BBC.
Sookhdeo, a married 67-year-old, founded the Barnabas Fund, a United Kingdom-based charity which focuses primarily on supporting Christians living in the Muslim world. He currently serves as international director of Barnabas Aid International, which encompasses the United States-based Barnabas Aid. In 2013, the UK branch reported income of US$18.5 million (significantly larger than Open Doors, though behind Voice of the Martyrs).
Raised as a Muslim in Guyana, Sookhdeo converted to Christianity as a young person and has subsequently written over 20 books on Islam and advised the British military on Muslim culture and Iraq.
- …. The victim told the court that Sookhdeo placed his hands on the inside of her thigh, then later groped her breast. (The UK defines sexual assault as intentionally sexually touching another person who does not consent to the touching and where that individual does not “reasonably believe” that he or she or has offered consent.) Sookhdeo admitted that he touched the victim’s breast, claiming it was an accident that occurred while pulling away from a hug.
- According to the Western Daily Press, the victim also claimed that Sookhdeo told her of his concern that women might accuse him of sexual assault after reading something about that in the media. He asked if she was aware of the impact a sexual assault claim would have on a career and said that it would ruin his, she said.