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Brooklyn pastor charged with multiple counts of sex assault

Posted at 5:32 PM, Jan 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 09:15:41-05

BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn — Matthew Gibson, the son of the bishop of the Progressive Baptist Church of Brownsville, has been charged with sex abuse and rape of a 14-year-old relative.

Gibson was arrested on Thursday and charged with criminal sex abuse and forcible touching of a female victim between the ages of nine and 14.

The victim’s grandmother is beyond upset.

“He should rot in hell,” the grandmother said to PIX11. “How can a father do this?”

The family claims the sex abuse and assault of young girls at the Progressive Baptist Church has been going for years and involves others assailants besides Gibson

On Sunday, the family and supporters rallied outside the church, calling for the establishment to close.

Another woman related to the victim broke down in tears as she told PIX11 News about the alleged abuse.

She said the sexual assault has been going on for years but she and her family only heard about it this past Wednesday when she noticed that her the victim acting strangely.

“She just blurted it out to us,” the woman said. “We want to speak to the district attorney’s office because you failed us as well. We just found out he got a $10,000 bail, which is unheard of for a case like this. We’re really disappointed with the district attorney for setting his bail so low. It’s a shame.”

PIX11 is not publishing potentially identifying details about the relative to protect the person’s identity. It is our policy to not identify rape victims unless they have chosen to come forward.

Editor’s Note: This story has been modified to remove details about the victim, furnished by authorities, that could potentially reveal her identity.