Rachel Dolezal’s biological brother Joshua Dolezal is facing four counts of sexual assault. He is currently free on a $15,000 bond while he awaits trial in Clear Creek County, Colorado. Her family says that the whole thing was a lie orchestrated by Rachel so that she could legally adopt her black adopted brother, who she has since passed off as her son. What.
Dolezal feels her parents Lawrence and Ruthanne Dolezal’s move to out her as a white woman is motivated by the charges against her brother, according to the Washington Post. The allegations also disparage them as parents since the alleged abuse occurred while minors were in their care as adoptive parents.
In 2013, Joshua was charged with four felony counts of sex abuse of a minor. The incidents, according to an affidavit obtained by the Post, happened at his parents’ home in Colorado “in 2001 or 2002.” The victim “was 6 or 7 years old,” and Joshua Dolezal was “19 years older.” Dolezal allegedly made the victim perform oral sex on him twice and he performed oral sex on the victim “7 or 8” times, allegedly telling the victim “Don’t tell anyone or I’ll hurt you.” The affidavit also lists another allegation of abuse in 1991 of another victim that had a racial element.
“The family had a subscription to National Geographic magazine,” it read. “… Joshua Dolezal showed [redacted] his collection of photos of topless and naked African women.”
It continued: “Joshua Dolezal was turned on by the black body and was curious about black women sexually.”
The abuse was reported in 2013 and Joshua was arrested in 2014. According to the affidavit, the victim came forward because Joshua has a young daughter who he or she didn’t want to be victimized. Dolezal will be tried in August.
Mr. and Mrs. Dolezal have alleged that Rachel “orchestrated” the allegations against her brother to legally adopt her adopted black brother Izaiah as her son. Izaiah lives with Rachel in Spokane and was present along with her biological son from her marriage to Kevin Moore (which ended in 2004) at her Today Show interview on Tuesday morning.
“If she’s alleging there was abuse in our family from years past, then it’s false and there’s no need no comment on anything of that nature,” Lawrence Dolezal told The Post last week. “That’s just utter falsehood.”
“The allegations are totally false and malicious,” Ruthanne Dolezal told Megyn Kelly of Fox News when she asked about them Monday. “They’re fabricated.”
Joshua has not commented on the allegations when pressed by local media. Rachel has, saying that her parents telling media that she is a white woman was motivated by anger prompted by the sex abuse allegations. From the Spokane Spokesman-Review:
“Rachel Dolezal dismisses the controversy as little more than an ugly byproduct of contentious litigation between other family members over allegations of past abuse that has divided the family,” the paper said. “She’s particularly suspicious of the timing, noting that the allegations broke on her son’s birthday and come as the Colorado lawsuit … nears a key juncture.”
Joshua, an english professor at Central College in Pella, Iowa, wrote a nonfiction memoir entitled Down from the Mountaintop: From Belief to Belonging, which detailed a bit of he and his sister’s religious upbringing.
One of the memoir’s first references to sister Rachel Dolezal comes as Joshua Dolezal watches his mother praying while listening to his father read an entire chapter of the Bible before dinner, “as is customary.”
Joshua also writes that he hated Dolezal’s ex-husband Moore and “murdered him hundreds of times in my sleep.”
What a mess.
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