If there is only one witness, will the Elders start an investigation?
" Moreno agrees with Bowen's claim that no investigation is initiated in the church if there is only one witness and the accused denies the charge, but he said elders have the responsibility to watch the accused more closely. He added that elders sometimes advise the accused to not put himself or herself in suspicious situations." ("The Paducah Sun" ( Kentucky ) Newspaper, January 28th 2001 )
"When any one of Jehovah's Witnesses is accused of an act of child abuse, the local congregation elders are expected to investigate. Two elders meet separately with the accused and the acc user to see what each says on the matter. If the accused denies the charge, the two elders may arrange for him and the victim to restate their position in each other's presence, with elders also there. If during that meeting the accused still denies the charges and there are no others who can substantiate them, the elders cannot take action within the congregation at that time." -- J.R. Brown (This Statement was Posted on the Official Watchtower Society Media Website at http://www.jw-media.org right around the same time Dateline aired (May 28th 2002), and is still available on the Official Watchtower Media Website)