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Gretchen Swearingen, who goes by her middle name “Charlotte,” wrote on the website that Gothard requested she come work for him in 1992 at IBLP’s headquarters in Oakbrook, Ill., when she was 16. During her time there, she said Gothard would play footsie with her and hold her hand. Photo courtesy of Gretchen Swearingen

Sally Morrow

Sally Morrow

Sally Morrow joined Religion News Service in March 2012 as Photo/Multimedia Editor. She is a photographer and editor based in Kansas City, Mo. Morrow has worked as a multimedia editor and photographer at Newsday, The Des Moines Register, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


  1. Because, as C. S. Lewis said, “Time and age do not take away sin. Sin is taken away by repentance and the blood of Christ.” The lesson should not be: “If only you hold out and hide it long enough, in your ripe old age you can get away with sexual harassment and not reporting child abuse.”

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