Jeremiah Lowe: Son, 39, of Indiana pastor who allegedly groomed teen for sex accused of sexual abuse

Jeremiah Lowe has been accused of molesting two of his victims when they were young

Jeremiah Lowe: Son, 39, of Indiana pastor who allegedly groomed teen for sex accused of sexual abuse
(L-R) Laura Bohnke and Jessi Kline have accused Jeremiah Lowe of sexual assault (Laura Bohnke/Facebook and Jessi Kline/Facebook)
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The son of an Indiana pastor who was accused of grooming a 16-year-old girl for sex has now been accused by three women of abuse. Jeremiah Lowe, 39, has been accused of molesting two of his victims when they were young. One of the alleged victims claimed that Lowe touched and inappropriately when she was 11 and he 18, and the other woman accused him of molesting her while he was babysitting her in the 2000s.

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Besides the alleged victims, Abbey Plummer, Lowe's former wife, accused him of forcing her to have sex with him, verbally abusing her and even choking and beating her. On one occasion, she alleged, Lowe threatened to "put [her] head through the f***ing windscreen" while they were driving. Plummer also accused Lowe of rubbing her face in dog urine.

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These allegations come after Lowe's father, John Lowe II, 65, was ousted from his position at New Life Christian Church in Warsaw in May. He had admitted that he had previously had an affair with a 16-year-old girl to his congregation. The girl, Bobi Gephart, is now 43. She accused John of grooming her as a teenager, taking her virginity and sexually abusing her. Grabbing a microphone and making the claims onstage during a service, Gephart said that she kept quiet as John filled her with fear of what people would say if they found out. 

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Laura Bohnke, now 33, accused Lowe of telling her she would be his wife when she was only 11. The alleged abuse, she claimed, began in 2000 when Lowe "started making comments on [her] changing body". She allegedly complimented her on having bigger breasts than her older sister and told her she had to shave her legs.   


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"He went from comments to touching pretty quickly. Long hugs turned into lurking hands. Anytime I would push him away he would explain that it's fine because God told him I was going to be his wife," she told the Daily Mail. The abuse stopped in 2002, she said, when the family left the church. She took her allegations to the Kosciuszko Sheriff's Office in 2005. Lowe later denied the allegations. and refused to take a polygraph test. 

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The woman who accused Lowe of sexually assaulting her while babysitting her, now 28, said that her family gaslighted her into forgiving him. "We were playing video games... he asked me to get on top of him and started touching me and kissing me. He said ''close your eyes and let me do the rest,''" Jessi Kline said of the alleged abuse. "He told me ''You can't tell anyone because then [my father] will be mad at you and him,''' and he said that [Pastor] Lowe] could potentially hurt me." An adult from Kline's family also confronted Lowe but told her that as a Christian she had to forgive him. Kline said that after the incident was eventually reported to the authorities, Lowe admitted to assaulting her while talking to detectives, but showed no remorse for the act. 

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Kline's mother, Kris Kline, said she was devastated to find out about the abuse her daughter had suffered. "[It was] absolutely shocking. Immediate emotional pain and anger. Lots of anger," Kris reportedly said. "But I'm so glad Jessi is getting her chance to tell her story. I think this is going to be very healing for us." The incident reportedly caused Kris so much stress that she that her immune system weakened, leaving her sick for three months. 

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Coming to Plummer, Lowe's ex-wife claimed that the alleged physical abuse began in 2004. "It was hard because sometimes it would be for something he did, like he cheated and turned it around on me because I was upset, and then other times it was just out-of-the-blue," she said. In a 2018 email Plummer sent to the woman Lowe married after her, she recounted, "He threw a computer disc at my face and it took a chunk of skin out of my nose. I had to work at Grace College the next day and had to tell my boss that I scraped it on the countertop when I bent down to pick something up."

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Image: Abbey Plummer/Facebook

The email, obtained by the Daily Mail, reads, "He ... choked me, and rubbed my face in dog pee. On more than one occasion he became upset with me while he was driving, laid his foot on the accelerator and would not let up and was screaming that he was going to put my head through the fucking windshield." It adds, "Jeremy's family became aware of many of these situations and again, nothing was done. One of my biggest regrets was not calling the police during one, if not all of these incidences because it would have made it that much harder for the Lowe's to ignore it and act like nothing was going on. But Jeremy always provided the sob story about how [he] was so sorry and would never do it again and even though I knew better, I believed him."

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She alleged that on one occasion, Lowe sent a threatening email to her co-worker, warning him he would "kick his a** so f****** hard you will gag on your own s***." This happened after Lowe learned Plummer and the man had become friends through MySpace.  

Meanwhile, Lowe has not been charged in connection with the sexual assault allegations. At present, he is on a work-release program after serving time for an unrelated offense.

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