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N.J. investigating Rev. John H. Harris and Galilee Baptist Church in Trenton for sexual harassment and retaliation

At that meeting, minutes show, the anonymous letter was read aloud and discussed. Harris refuted all charges, and was subsequently told by the chairman of the church's Deacon Ministry that the matter would be considered closed.

As part of its recent investigation, the Division on Civil Rights interviewed a number of current and former church members and officials, including several deacons.

One former deacon - the same man who pronounced the matter of Harris' alleged sexual involvement with female parishioners closed at the 2005 meeting - acknowledged that he and his wife left the church in 2006 after 41 years of membership because of Harris' alleged conduct.

In addition, two female former parishioners other than Davis told investigators they also were victimized by Harris. One victim was a parishioner who reported seeking ministerial counseling from Harris. The woman told investigators that when she met with him to discuss her problems, Harris propositioned her for sex. When she rebuffed him, the woman said, Harris threatened to make her life difficult if she told anyone of his overture. Eventually, she recounted, Harris summoned her to a meeting attended by two church deacons where he insisted she'd taken what he said out of context. The woman said she fled the meeting in tears and subsequently quit the church.

According to the complaint, Galilee Baptist lacked any written policy prohibiting sexual harassment or any other form of bias-based discrimination in the workplace during Davis' employment. The church also lacked written procedures for employees to report sexual harassment or other types of discrimination. The church also had no written protocol for management to follow in dealing with harassment complaints, and church managers did not make a practice of documenting reports of sexual harassment or bias-based discrimination.

Investigation of the Davis matter was conducted by Civil Rights Investigator Artherine Price and supervised by Lorraine LeSter, manager of the division's Trenton office. Division on Civil Rights Staff Attorney Estelle Bronstein provided assistance in preparing the Finding of Probable Cause.

The Law Against Discrimination provides that each respondent found to have committed a violation is subject to a penalty of up to $10,000, provided the individual has not been convicted of a previous violation within the past five years. The law also provides for other remedies, including compensatory damages and injunctive relief, such as changes in the employer's policies and management/staff training.

Now that the division has issued a complaint, the case will be referred for a process known as conciliation. If conciliation is not successful, the matter will be referred to a state Administrative Law judge for a hearing on the merits, which is a non-jury trial. The Administrative Law judge will then issue a written decision.

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Comments (5)
5 Thursday, 01 July 2010 02:36
Trenton NJ
Galillee will always be so wanted him and she got him! He is not the bad guy she is just mad harvey and posey had to let her go because of her Wrong doing God has his hand on this matter just sit back!!!! Dr. Harris is Clear of this mess
4 Thursday, 18 March 2010 10:00
ex-parishioner
This chruch has so many problems, there was money taken from the Parishioners to build a family life center and bricks that was purchased to complete the walk way to the new building. That never happen. They had a Trustee that they falsely accused of steal, forcing him to resign. They had so many women being harassed by this man, that hide behind the cloth of God. They had a minister that was inapproiate with the children that they asked him to leave. God bless his wife and my prayers for strengh are with her and the people of the chruch. For those of you that were involved and knew about it shame on you. God wants people to stand up for what is right and even though you think you are standing alone, He is there with you, so don't be afraid. This is not the only chruch but the children of God must stand up for what is right.
3 Monday, 16 November 2009 14:54
Anonymous
Galations 6: 7-8
7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

I can not speak personally about these allegations but Rev. Harris has slandered my family publically regarding very serious, criminal matters to cover up or make favorable one of his members illegal, sick acts. What's done in the dark eventually comes to the light. My prayers are with Ms. Davis and Mrs. Harris. And to the people of God who knowingly sit under the teaching of someone who continues in sin, please open your eyes. We are supposed to be following GOD, not man. Your love for God and your walk with Christ should make you feel outraged about this wrong doing. I'm not saying condemn the man but I would not sit under his teaching.
2 Friday, 23 October 2009 19:26
Parishioner Too
Yes, it's true that these rumors have been surrounding him for years. The entire church (for the most) has continued to look the other way. Some pastors constantly use the phrase "We all haved sinned and come short of the glory of God". This is true but when we find ourselves in sin, should we continue in it? God forbid! Members of Galilee, please wake up! and follow Christ for He will be the Final Judge of us all..
1 Monday, 19 October 2009 13:50
Parishioner
These situations are always terrible to witness... BUT, they happen! The preacher in question has had these rumors surrounding him for many years. My prayers are that The LORD's will be done... That his wife be comforted and endowed with bravery to stand up and SPEAK THE TRUTH(because the LORD honors the TRUTH!)... Also that the church's eyes will be opened and they begin to operate as the LORD sees fit. There are qualifications that men who desire to be Bishops, Pastors, Elders and Overseers MUST MEET! Some men try to hide themselves from these requirements(that can be found in the book of 1st Timothy) by stating they are not "Bishops" but instead "Pastors" because the Apostle Paul begins the address to church leadership, "If any man desires the office of a "Bishop..." However, the words Bishop, Pastor, Elder and Overseer all mean EXACTLY the same thing in the original language of Paul's address to Timothy which is greek. The words all come from the word "Episkimo" in the Greek. ALL Pastors are held to this same standard and should be constantly examined by the church to ensure this is so. Most Pastors will casually say "I'm just a servant" but how many actually believe this? Galilee and surrounding "churches" PLEASE WAKE UP! GOD has given us a way to avoid being "led astray". Let's not ignore it. Pray for ALL the families involved. And members of Galilee, don't be fooled and pressured into keeping quiet when and or if questioned by authorites! SPEAK THE TRUTH, because the TRUTH will set you free and maybe even the Pastor in question! GOD hates liars, but HE delights in RIGHTEOUSNESS! Regardless of what happens in this investigation, remember that no authority supercedes that of THE GOD of creation. He will judge fairly.
-Parishioner

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