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Indiana woman who outed pastor for having sex with her when she was 16 speaks out in new interview

The Indiana woman who boldly and publicly berated her former pastor for having sex with her when she was 16 years old has revealed that the religious leader allegedly began grooming her when she was just 14 years old.

Bobi Gephart spoke to Inside edition about how she was allegedly manipulated and sexually abused by Pastor John B. Lowe II of the New Life Christian Church & World Outreach.

Gephart, now 43, said Lowe earned her trust by: telling her he loved her and by the time she turned 16, things escalated.

“Things have just turned into a fully sexual one, I guess you could call it a relationship,” she told Inside Edition.

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Bobi Gephart (pictured) spoke to Inside Edition about how she had been groomed and sexually abused by Pastor John B. Lowe II of the New Life Christian Church & World Outreach

Bobi Gephart (pictured) spoke to Inside Edition about how she had been groomed and sexually abused by Pastor John B. Lowe II of the New Life Christian Church & World Outreach

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“If you claim and parade yourself as a pastor and you do that to someone, you’re a bad and bad person, and he is,” her husband Nate told Inside Edition (pictured together).

Lowe goes on to show photos of the pastor at key events in her life, including a photo of him hugging her during her high school graduation and even of him hosting her 2004 wedding.

Lowe goes on to show photos of the pastor at key events in her life, including a photo of him hugging her during her high school graduation and even of him hosting her 2004 wedding.

Bobi and her husband then left the church stage and were comforted by other members of the branch

Bobi and her husband then left the church stage and were comforted by other members of the branch

Gephart went on to show pictures of the pastor at significant events in her life, including a photo of Lowe hugging her during her high school graduation and even the pastor who envisioned her 2004 wedding to her current husband Nate, who had just started their career. knew the relationship. last month.

Gephart revealed that her relationship with Lowe lasted nine years and he was able to keep her quiet about their illicit affair by filling her with fear about what would happen if people found out about it.

“He told me this would ruin everyone,” she said. “Think of the lives that would be destroyed if you ever spoke,” she told her.

Gephart even said he tried to make her feel guilty, but warned her that he would go to jail if anyone ever found out.

Gephart, who said she’s “wanted to tell someone for so long” about what Lowe had done to her, said she was inspired to speak up after her brother, Edgar Wolfe, 45, confessed to being “haunted” by the memory. seeing ‘his pastor in bed with his younger sister, T-shirt and underwear on.’

“I really opened up everything to my brother and he cried with me,” she said. “I didn’t know he knew, I didn’t know he saw that.”

Wolfe immediately confronted Lowe with a text, urging him to resign.

During a May 22 sermon at the New Life Christian Church & World Outreach in Warsaw, Lowe admitted to committing “adultery” but did not admit it had been with a teenager.

Gephart, who was present with her husband, said his half-confession made them furious.

“I was standing in the back of the shrine and we were on fire and just shaking our heads like ‘I just can’t believe you’re lying to these people’ and so they decided to storm the stage.

She told the council that the “adultery” Lowe had previously confessed to had been her rape when she was just 16, which she says took place 27 years ago. At the time, Gephart was known by her maiden name Bobi Wolfe.

“If you love us, let’s talk,” Nate said, handing the microphone to his wife.

It was 27 years, she said, not 20, that she had “lived in a prison of lies and shame.”

“For years I thought I was a terrible person, with suicidal thoughts, not realizing what was really done to me, that I was a victim,” she told him. ‘I was just 16 when you lost your virginity on your office floor. Do you remember that? I know you do.’

She said to Lowe ‘you kept me in your prison’, but ‘I am no longer a prisoner.’

John Lowe only told his congregation he had committed adultery, but didn't say it was with a teenage member of his own church

John Lowe only told his congregation he had committed adultery, but didn’t say it was with a teenage member of his own church

Pastor John B. Lowe II and his wife Debra admitting she left her Upstate New York home at 16 to work as a stripper

Pastor John B. Lowe II and his wife Debra admitting she left her Upstate New York home at 16 to work as a stripper

Pastor John Lowe was found shirtless in bed with Bobi Gephart when she was a minor, her brother told DailyMail.com.  Bobi wore a T-shirt and underwear

Pastor John Lowe was found shirtless in bed with Bobi Gephart when she was a minor, her brother told DailyMail.com. Bobi wore a T-shirt and underwear

A plaque announcing that John and Debbie Lowe are pastors in New Life was still on the church building a week after they quit

A plaque announcing that John and Debbie Lowe are pastors in New Life was still on the church building a week after they quit

The video of the incident has been viewed nearly a million times on Facebook.

“If you claim and parade yourself as a preacher and you do that to someone, you’re a bad and bad person, and he is,” her husband Nate told Inside Edition.

Gephart said she received support from her community after the public confession.

“A lot of people came to us and there were just sobs and hugs and love,” Gephart said.

When asked how she feels about the situation now, she said, “It’s almost like I can’t even believe that everyone knows my secret now,” adding, “I hated lying.”

The next day, Lowe resigned as pastor, the church said in a statement. The church said none of the staff had known what had happened before, and offered to help Gephart with “healing in any way possible.”

In the May 29 service, Lowe’s son, associate pastor Bryan Lowe, read a statement saying the church would restructure and hold meetings with members.

The Indiana State Police in a statement asked anyone with “victim or witness information” about the situation to contact investigators.

Gephart said she spoke to police but acknowledged Lowe’s prosecution is unlikely due to the passage of time and because Indiana law defines the age of sexual consent at 16. She said she was aware of other past abuses within the church.

In an interview with DailyMail.com last week, Wolfe recalled the moment he saw his younger sister in bed with Lowe.

He said it was early morning at Lowes’ Warsaw home, with former teenage stripper wife Debbie, 64, gone when he walked into the bedroom “and I discovered him and my sister under the covers.”

“He had no shirt on and she was wearing underwear and a t-shirt,” said Wolfe, who was 16 at the time.

‘I looked surprised, so he said, she just came to say good morning and it was cold. They were in bed under a duvet and his wife was gone. And it was early.

“I tried to think about it. In my innocence I believed what he said. And I thought we were family, he wouldn’t do anything, he’s our pastor and I’ll trust him.

“Bobi is about 18 months younger than me, so she would have been 14 or 15 at the time. In my young mind I thought, ‘It’s a good thing no one else saw this, or they’d call the police and they wouldn’t even know it was innocent.’

Edgar explained that the Lowe and Wolfe families were close friends at church — taking care of each other’s children during frequent outings by both couples. The pastor and his wife went on Christian missions abroad, and Karen and her late husband Eddie drove a truck.

That’s why Gephart, Edgar and their older sister Stacy, now 47, were at Lowe’s house that fateful morning the pastor was caught. Incidentally, the video of Gephart confronting Lowe was filmed by Stacy’s daughter, Maisie.

Edgar, now a retired Army intelligence officer, spent years trying to mentally suppress the image and said nothing, but said it often bothered him.

‘It worries me. So as I got older and started questioning these things, I realized I probably should have called the police. And should have done something,” he added.

While Gephart and Wolfe’s mother told DailyMail.com she only learned of her daughter’s suffering at the hands of Lowe after her son made his disclosure to the family in early May.

The couple’s mother, Karen, said, “My children adored this man Lowe. He was their hero. I took care of their children, they took care of my children. We were like family,” she said.

“I saw him as a protector of my children, not a predator of my children. But that’s exactly how it went.

“Before Bobi, I was mad at her, I was devastated when I found out. There were so many emotions in the beginning because I think, could this really have happened? And I felt betrayed by Lowe.

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