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Pastor’s son charged with sex abuse, incest; community protests Brooklyn church

BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn — Community members demonstrated in front of the 61-year-old Progressive Baptist Church on Howard Avenue Sunday, demanding that the church be shut down after the son of Bishop Ben Gibson was arrested on charges of incest and sex abuse committed on church property involving a young relative.

PIX11 was the first to report on the charges against 44-year-old Matthew Gibson.

The sexual assault charges detailed in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s criminal complaint involve intercourse, anal and oral sex, for several years.

The victim’s sister said the victim doesn’t understand how Gibson could do something like this.

“(The victim) just blurted it out to us,” the sister said.

Another relative just heard about the charges this week. He said he wanted to go hurt his Gibson when he heard the news.

PIX11 is not publishing potentially identifying details about the relative to protect the person’s identity. It is our policy to not identify rape victims unless they have chosen to come forward.

Editor’s Note: This story has been modified to remove details about the victim, furnished by authorities, that could potentially reveal her identity. 

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