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Missionary Group Fires Sex Abuse Investigator

ABWE says inquiry was 'fatally flawed;' GRACE says group 'unwilling to have itself investigated' without control.

Weeks before the release of a nearly two-year investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of missionary kids, the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) has fired and replaced its investigator, Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE).

ABWE retained GRACE in May 2011 to investigate allegations of 1980s sexual abuse by former missionary Donn Ketcham in Bangladesh. But according to ABWE chairman Larry Green, "Flaws in [GRACE's] investigative process that were brought to light were so significant that to continue with GRACE would hinder rather than help us achieve the primary goals for the investigation in the first place—that of discovering the complete truth and facilitating biblical reconciliation with the victims."

ABWE has hired a new "independent and reputable firm," Professional Investigators International (PII), to complete the investigation. Last August, it released the conclusions of a broader investigation of past abuses by ABWE missionaries, conducted ...

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