Church denies supporting pastor charged with indecent act

UPDATE: THE Oasis New Life Centre Church says a pastor who had pleaded guilty to an incident act with a young girl was not being supported by their organisation.

The NSW pastor had faced multiple child sex charges but all charges except the one he pleaded guilty to were withdrawn.

He was granted bail to live in Gracemere and must report daily at the Rockhampton police station before his sentence on July 28.

A domestic violence survivors support group previously claimed the pastor had been supported by the church and was now  involved with a religious organisation in Rockhampton.

Pastor John Rewald said the claims were "totally incorrect".

"The person in question has attended some Sunday services at Oasis but is not involved with, supported by or connected to our church in any way," he said.

"Church services at Oasis, like those at other Christian churches, are open to all within our community and we don't turn people away.

"That said, our policies around the protection of children are very tight and no person outside authorised and accredited personnel has access to our children's areas.

"Oasis abhors any sort of sexual assault and the false claims in this report are very distressing to our church community."

INITIAL: A NSW pastor has been granted bail to live in the Rockhampton region after pleading guilty to committing an indecent act on a young girl.

Last week the pastor, who cannot be named online for legal reasons and is aged in his late 60s, pleaded guilty in the Orange Local Court to one charge of assaulting a female and committing an act of indecency on a person under the age of 16.

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He was granted bail to live in Gracemere and must report daily at the Rockhampton police station before his sentence on July 28.

The pastor had faced multiple child sex charges but all but charges except the one he pleaded guilty to were withdrawn.

A domestic violence survivors support group claims the pastor has been supported by the church and is now  involved with a religious organisation in Rockhampton.

The Morning Bulletin has sought comment from The Oasis New Life centre, but a spokesperson was not available.

The pastor's case is being followed by prominent talkback radio broadcaster Ray Hadley, who earlier this month went on the offensive.

"How this bloke gets bail is beyond me," Hadley told listeners of his 2GB show.

"He's been granted temporary conditional bail and has to report to police in Queensland.

"You've got him up there now, where he now lives."

He said the pastor was still receiving support from the church and fellow pastors.

"Didn't we have a royal commission about how this system is broken?" Hadley said.

"That's why we had the royal commission because people did this historically...people who were men of God."



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