Leroy Lehman Case

October 28, 2022

Leroy Franklin Lehman, 64, of Jetersville, VA, has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of raping a child under the age of 13, and 10 counts of indecent liberties with a minor under the age of 15.

He will appear in Rockingham County Court today for a bail hearing.

Leroy’s victim spent many years trying to get help from the Southeastern Mennonite Church (Caswell Mennonite Church in NC) where Leroy is a member, before reaching out to law enforcement.

Verified letters, emails, and other evidence clearly illustrate how the bishops tried to ignore, gaslight, and shame the victim while protecting Leroy at all costs.

Additionally, the Pilgrim Mennonite Conference Church (Piedmont Mennonite) ex-communicated Leroy, but bishops there chose not to inform the community of abuse allegations. Instead, church officials continued allowing Leroy to oversee children, possibly enabling the abuse of many more victims. Leroy's victim felt she had no choice but to go to law enforcement.

This is not hearsay!

Never Stand Alone verifies and fact-checks all information we receive from victims with documentation, public records, church officials, witnesses, law enforcement, and other sources as necessary.

We are a diverse group of advocates. Many of us are survivors; all of us care deeply about other survivors. Some of us were raised Plain; some weren’t. Some go to church; others don’t. Some have college degrees; others were educated on the farm. We are all uniquely qualified for different aspects of this work.

We have one thing in common: WE WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED and WE DO NOT QUIT!

As a founding board member of Never Stand Alone, I’m incredibly proud of the work we did to move this case forward. Foremost, the survivor in this case continues to show incredible grace and courage under immense pressure to give up. Joanna Yoder, Dell Sauder and I, with support from other dedicated volunteers, spent hundreds of hours collecting information and listening to triggering details, verifying facts, researching laws, talking to church officials, and pursuing prosecutors. Paul Brubaker somehow managed to keep our finances afloat, while Ryan Beiler provided administrative support. We're grateful to our volunteers, especially Rachelle Martin & Judith Stauffer.

In the end, we believe it was our number of supporters - and the incredible influence we have all together - that finally convinced those in power to take action on this case. Thank YOU!

This arrest is a testament to the strength and determination of the survivor, as well as to what’s possible when we work together.

- Molly Maeve

Communications Director, Never Stand Alone