Visalia Calvary Church pastor, Reverend Bob Grenier, and his wife, Gayle, have sued their estranged son, Alex Grenier, accusing him of defamation and cyber bullying. Alex Grenier, 40, launched the website Calvarychapelabuse.com more than two years ago and posted accusations that his father committed felony child abuse against him and his three brothers while pretending to be an upstanding preacher and police chaplain.
But Bob Grenier said that he and his wife have had enough of their son’s “online hate campaign” against them and are suing to stop Alex and to tell their side in court. “Alex has orchestrated a cyber bullying campaign against me, his mother, our church and our movement,” Bob Grenier said. “We do not want to live with this kind of cyber bullying.”
Alex Grenier, who lives in Idaho, said he will not back down. “He frames it as a hate campaign. It’s not defamation. We’ll prove it in court that it’s not defamation. The stuff I’m alleging is true.” Alex Grenier said he has not yet seen the lawsuit and does not have a lawyer. He said he will represent himself for now.
Alex Grenier contends that his father beat the boys so badly that the punishment went beyond what is legally acceptable. “We aren’t talking gray area here,” he wrote in one post. “Clear cut state-defined abuse including, but not limited to, hitting with objects causing deep purple bruises on the lower back, backs of legs and buttocks. Drawing blood.” The couple’s second son, Paul Grenier, who is also estranged from his parents, said he last saw his father eight years ago and backs his brother Alex. “I witnessed what he witnessed,” Paul Grenier, 30, said.
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