Chances of a sexual predator among Gloriavale sect: Government report

A new report on an 18-month government investigation has hinted a sexual predator is active in the Gloriavale community, a religious expert has said.

The Christian Church Community Trust, which governs the isolated West Coast community in Haupiri, was the subject of the Charities Services investigation.

The probe began in April 2015 after media reports about an increase of people leaving Gloriavale and allegations of sexual and physical abuse, the Newsroom website reported.

The main allegations in the report included:

• Of the 18 former Gloriavale members interviewed, five of the females claimed they were victims of sex crimes