Laurence Peterson, a 59-year-old assistant pastor who helped a church minister sexually assault female parishioners has been jailed for more than eight years.


Peterson blocked doors and held victims down as Rev John Wilson, 70, performed ‘grotesque’ exorcisms on member of the congregation. A jury heard Peterson may have also laced the women’s tea with drugs to make them more compliant

The offences took place at the Liberty Pentecostal Church, in Keighley, West Yorkshire, over three decades and has left the victims mentally scared.

Peterson was found guilty of counts of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and two charges of aiding and abetting Wilson to commit sex acts. Rev Wilson was jailed for 21 years earlier for a string of sex offences against six women.

Mary Wilson, his wife, who was found guilty of aiding and abetting her husband was handed a 22 month suspended sentence. Peterson is also banned from holding senior positions in religious bodies or perform ministries