The first allegation came from Anthony Washington, 30, who spoke on the record on December 28 about abuse he suffered as a 12 year old at a church camp overseen by Reverend Raphael Warnock.
According to Washington, counselors at Camp Farthest Out threw urine on him, locked him out of his cabin, and forced him to sleep outside overnight. The counselors were allegedly punishing him for wetting his bed by forcing him to sleep outside on a basketball court alone. He said that the urine that was thrown on him was from a bucket that they used when there were no bathroom facilities nearby.
The incident at the camp led to a lawsuit in 2003, and a large financial settlement.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
“Warnock has faced scrutiny over his 2002 arrest for allegedly obstructing a child abuse investigation by Maryland State Police that centered on the camp’s treatment of children. Washington’s account is buttressed by records from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, obtained by the Free Beacon earlier this month, which indicated that campers were routinely left unsupervised; staffers were not subject to required criminal background check; and at least five cases of child abuse or neglect were brought against the camp’s director, who was ultimately forced to resign.
Warnock served as senior pastor at Baltimore’s Douglas Memorial Community Church from 2001 until around 2005. His job included overseeing the expansion of the church’s sleepaway camp, Camp Farthest Out, which served inner city children.”
Washington was reportedly shocked when he learned that Warnock was running for the Senate, saying: “I don’t think nobody like [Warnock] should be running for damn Senate nowhere … He should not be running for government.”
Details of the lawsuit were confirmed by Washington’s sister, who said that it was related to counselors who “poured urine on [Anthony], at the camp.”
Washington told the news outlet that he doesn’t like talking about the incident, and also said that he saw counselors “grab kids” but did not know if other children experienced abuse.
He also mentioned that, at the camp, he had been prohibited from calling his parents, but when his mom found out about the abuse, she erupted at camp officials and took them to court. He took the time to thank his mother, saying: “I thank my mother for doing what she did. She is a life saver.”
Raphael Warnock was arrested at the time of the incident for allegedly interfering with law enforcement officials that were questioning the counselors, and was charged with “hindering and obstructing” law enforcement. The charges were later dropped.
The second recent allegation against Warnock came after Fox News released police footage from earlier this year in which Warnock’s wife said that her husband hit her with his car on purpose, claiming that he ran over her foot.
Tucker Carlson played the exclusive footage on his show, and the clip was shared on Twitter by Jack Posobiec, who wrote: “BREAKING: Raphael Warnock’s wife has accused him of hitting her with his car[.] Tells police she has been keeping quiet about ‘how he is'”.
BREAKING: Raphael Warnock’s wife has accused him of hitting her with his car
Tells police she has been keeping quiet about ‘how he is’ pic.twitter.com/Flgi1DvETs
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) December 23, 2020
“This man’s running for United States Senate, and all he cares about right now is his reputation. I’ve been very quiet about the way that he is for the sake of my kids and his reputation. I’ve tried to keep the way that he acts under wraps for a long time, and today he crossed the line. So that is what is going on here. And he’s a great actor. He is phenomenal at putting on a really good show,” she told police.
Warnock’s wife was asked if she thought he ran over her foot intentionally. “Obviously. I was standing here. The door was open and I’m leaning into the car. How can you drive the car when I’m leaning into it?” she responded.