The 75-years-old Zeigler has been Monrovia's archbishop since 2011. He is the former Bishop of Gbarnga.
New Narratives said it has interviewed five other priests and lay people who affirmed Sawyer suffered abuse from the two bishops. These alleged witnesses asked for their identities to be withheld for fear of retribution from Church leadership.
Moses Carter, a spokesman for the Liberia National Police, affirmed that the country's laws will be enforced if anyone is convicted, explaining, "If any individual in the Catholic Church commits an act it does not becloud the entire church said individual must be made to face the full weight of the law."
"Whoever claims they were sodomized or attempts were made on them, the law is always there for everyone. They can come over to the (Liberia National Police)," said Carter.
Liberia's penal code bars "involuntary sodomy," classifying as a third-degree felony "deviate sexual intercourse" or causing someone to engage in such intercourse. It is unclear whether the law would apply in Sawyer's case.
Sawyer has also charged that the archbishop abused his power and refused him leave to go to Ghana for treatment for an illness.
The harassment was so severe it has caused him "untold sufferings and mental disorders," he charged, including "psychological breakdown" and even a periodic "state of paralysis." He also suffers from acute gastrointestinal disorder.
Explaining his sex abuse claim against Zeigler, Sawyer said the archbishop "told me that I was looking nice and he loves me." It appears to be based in the archbishop's recommendation that "I should make time available to visit him at his house," which Sawyer said he realized meant "something else." In Sawyer's account, the bishop later repeated such a proposal.
"This time I told him I was not interested and cannot reduce myself to that level. I was so upset and left his office without discussing what I went to see him about," the priest said.
Another priest speaking anonymously to Front Page Africa said that Zeigler has professed his innocence of the allegations in meetings with clergy.
Karnley told Front Page Africa, "I challenge Father Sawyer in the name of God to take me to any court and prove it, not only him but any man living or dead."
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News reports cited a leaked email to Sawyer from Bishop Borwah, dated Dec. 4, 2018, that appears to show Borwah asking Sawyer to "please keep things away from the media, public and the court."
The bishop, who was ordained a priest of the Monrovia archdiocese in 1996, appeared to want the priest's side heard.
"You have the right to be listened to and protected by the Church," said the bishop, who pledged his help to bring the process to a successful conclusion "as much as I can with God's help."
Sawyer has supporters and detractors.
One lay Catholic, Aaron Weah, told Front Page Africa he supported "a strong and impartial investigation."
"I believe that if they are verified to be lies it will help the Church. If these acts are actually happening in the Church and they can be verified and authenticated it will also help our faith," Weah said.