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Return to the main Scientology index   In 1995, a Scientologist was convicted of sexually molesting his young stepdaughters. His wife stated, under oath, that the "Church" of Scientology ordered her not to report it.

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State of Florida v. Donald Anthony Strawn
What laws did the Church of Scientology break?

      This document shows which federal laws the Church of Scientology has broken by counseling the mother to not report the molestation of her children to the police. Several former Scientologists have stated that it is official Scientology policy to handle all legal matters through the church rather than through the police and secular courts. I am currently attempting to locate this policy; as soon as I find it, I shall quote the relevant sections of it in these Web pages.

      Please note that I am not a lawyer, but these sections of the US Code appeared (to me) to have relevance in this matter.

      The information on this page consists of excerpts from the United States Code, Title 18 (Crimes and Criminal Procedure), Part I (Crimes). Links to the full text at Cornell Law School are given with each excerpt.

    (b) Whoever knowingly uses intimidation or physical force, threatens, or corruptly persuades another person, or attempts to do so, or engages in misleading conduct toward another person, with intent to -
    (3) hinder, delay, or prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer or judge of the United States of information relating to the commission or possible commission of a Federal offense or a violation of conditions of probation, parole, or release pending judicial proceedings; shall be fined not more than $250,000 or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

    Whoever, knowing that an offense against the United States has been committed, receives, relieves, comforts or assists the offender in order to hinder or prevent his apprehension, trial or punishment, is an accessory after the fact.

    Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

    If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

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