Pervert uses bible to justify himself

A man who tried to use Old Testament bible verses to justify sexually abusing a teenager has been found guilty of his crimes.

Wytse De Vries, 39, used to pray with his victim when she went to bed, then return as she slept to sexually violate her, the Whanganui District Court heard in his trial over the past week.

He also touched another girl on the breast.

After two and a half hours of deliberation, the jury of five men and seven women on Tuesday found him guilty on three counts of indecent assault, and two sexual violations.

De Vries pleaded guilty in 2014 to a representative charge of touching the first girl on the breast a number of times.

He admits going into her room while she slept and touching her crotch on six to 10 separate occasions but the victim does not remember any more than two.

The victim’s mother found him asleep on the floor beside the girl’s bed a number of times.

In a conversation with an acquaintance, De Vries mentioned Old Testament bible verses about how if a woman has sex with a man in a city but does not cry out for help, then it is deemed consensual.

Whaleoil is aware of other cases similar to this nature, where praying and the bible formed the framework for unwanted sexual advances.  A specific case is being closely monitored where the alleged offender is fighting tooth and nail to keep his deeds from being made public.

People doing wrong with God as a justification aren’t just from one belief system, and we have our own right here in New Zealand.

When the teenager revealed the abuse to her pastor, De Vries wrote her a letter saying he was sorry she had to relive the pain of past sin, and offering advice that she should seek counsel from “godly men in the church” and men who knew about the complaints process.

People like that make your skin crawl.


– Melissa Nightingale, Wanganui Chronicle


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