An English music setter for a Christian publishing company is suing the company at the British Department of Trade & Industry employment tribunal, arguing that he was unfairly discriminated against when Kevin Mayhew Publishers fired him after he was convicted of sexually abusing a 4 year old girl. The firm specializes in hymn books & religious music and is in Buxhall, Suffolk.
Geoffrey Moore (65) avoided a jail term in May after admitting to 5 offenses of indcency with the girl and 1 of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He received from the court a 3 year community rehabilitiation order, was added to the sex offender's register for 5 years, & was banned from working with children for life. The day after the May hearing, Moore was terminated by his employer.
Moore is demanding back pay & reinstatement to his job as a music setter.
Company founder & president Keven Mayhew (62) commented, "It beggars belief that he has the cheek to try and claim compensation after what he did to this little girl." Mayhew had retained Moore in his job when he was first charged, although he said Moore had agreed to resign if he was convicted & sent to jail.
Michelle Elliot, director of the children's charity Kidscape, which specializes in protecting children from sexual abuse, said: "If abusing a four-year-old girl is not grounds for dismissal, I do not know what is."
The Lord's Servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will give them a change of heart leading to a knowledge of the truth
II Timothy 2:24-26