Having lost my career and vocation after reporting a priest to an archdeacon for taking a teenage boy to a sauna and photographing him in the nude, I have every sympathy for the deacon in this story. The bishop is a pillock. If he is going to suspend anybody who tries to protect children from abuse when they are wrong then nobody is going to protect children or report possible child abusers because they won't dare risk it.
From THE NORTHERN ADVOCATE (New Zealand):
A Northland bishop has suspended an Anglican Church deacon after what the bishop says are false claims about a child sex abuser. Deacon Tapu Laulu pulled 18 children out of a church camp after spotting a man that he had been told was a child sex abuser. However, the man has never been charged or convicted of the alleged offence. Bishop Pikaahu has claimed the alleged sexual offending was based on a 16-year-old rumour concerning two people who were teenagers at the time. The "false allegations" had been investigated and dismissed by the girl's family, the bishop said.
However, the mother of one of the children removed from the camp is supporting Mr Laulu. The woman, Patricia Tipene, a social worker, of Pakuranga, said she believed there was substance to the allegations and she was grateful her daughter was removed from the camp.
"Don't fire the man who protected the children," Ms Tipene said.
The 26-year-old deacon said, "When I saw this man in the midst of children at the camp I became very concerned."
After consulting his mother and two parents he took the 18 children in his care to a CYF home.
"After Easter, my lawyer advised me I had a duty to report the matter to the police," Mr Laulu said.