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January 16, 2013

Clergyman admits to sexual assault

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Clements has been married for 27 years and is currently presiding bishop of the Reformed Catholic Church International of New England. As a bishop with the church, Clements can perform baptisms, weddings, funeral services, Communion and is available for spiritual consultations, the website adds.

An Amesbury Village spokesperson yesterday she said couldn’t recall whether Clements ever worked at the nursing home but said it was possible he was a visiting professional.

According to Wile’s police report, the first victim told him she had known Clements for a long time and they had worked together at the nursing home. The victim was described by Wile as a nurse, an authority on shamanic energy healing and experience with the Reiki method of stress reduction and relaxation.

In January, 2011, the victim agreed to perform a Reiki session on Clements at her residence having months earlier performed a session of energy healing on him inside the nursing home without incident. But while performing the session at her house, Clements reached over and grabbed her upper thigh, the report states. He then tried to pull her down on the table on top of him. When she resisted, he let go and asked for her to complete the session. The woman did finish the session and Clements left without further incident, according to Wile’s report.

The second victim was allegedly assaulted in late September, 2011. According to Wile’s report, after working together at the nursing home for several months Clements told the second victim he had romantic feelings towards her. The victim, who had a boyfriend at the time, reminded Clements that he was married. In late September, 2011, the two agreed to grab a bite to eat at Andyman Bakery and discuss the situation. The conversation continued in her car where she alleges Clements tried to place his tongue in her mouth. The victim was able to pull away from him and ordered him to stop, the police report states.

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