AL- Baptist minister may have covered up abuse, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
An Alabama Baptist pastor is being accused by a victim and a witness for allegedly covering up child sex crimes. We are grateful to these brave individuals and urge police to investigate this matter.
Rev. Mike McLemore, who is currently the executive director of the Birmingham Baptist Association, allegedly knew about and covered up the crimes of Mack Allen Davis. Davis was the youth pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church while McLemore was the pastor there. McLemore admits he knew about one of the victims, but said “it was a private matter with the family.”
Another Davis victim and Davis’ ex-wife allege that McLemore knew much more and insisted victims remain quiet in return for therapy payments.
We urgently urge law enforcement to investigate these allegations. Those who cover up child sex crimes play just as much of a roll in hurting innocent children. We also beg anyone who saw, suspects or suffered cover ups by McLemore to call police right away and help protect other potential victims.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
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