There are reports of a split among members of a Kingston congregation because the church has been supporting a deacon accused of sexually abusing a female child.

The dispute surrounds the case of 66-year-old David Brooks who is charged with indecent assault and sexual grooming.

Brooks appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court today and was ordered to return on October 21 for trial.

It alleged are that after visiting the accused man’s home from over several years, a relationship developed between Brooks, his wife and the child.

It further alleged that during the period, Brooks made sexual advances on the child and touched her inappropriately.

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