Baptist official is arrested on child sex charges – SNAP responds
We’re grateful that this child molesting cleric has been arrested. For the safety of kids, we hope he stays locked up for a long time.
We hope that any church officials who knew of or suspected Langworthy’s crimes but kept silent face criminal charges as well. Shame on them for keeping quiet about devastating child sex crimes.
(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 23 years and have more than 10,000 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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, email@example.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
Former Minister Arrested In Clinton
Langworthy Faces 8 Counts Of Gratification Of Lust
POSTED: 12:18 pm CDT September 7, 2011
CLINTON, Miss. -- Former Clinton minister John Langworthy has been arrested in Clinton and faces eight counts of gratification of lust, police said.
A Hinds County grand jury recently returned an indictment against Langworthy, who is the former music minister at Morrison Heights Baptist Church and former choir director for Clinton High School, faces two counts in Clinton and six counts in Jackson, Clinton Police Detective Josh Frazier said.
Investigators said the incidents were involved five victims, all under the age of 14, and took place from 1980 and 1984 when Langworthy served as a youth volunteer with two area churches. The names of the churches were not immediately known.In early August, Langworthy, who resigned from the church in May, told the congregation that more than 20 years ago, while serving at churches in Mississippi and Texas, he had "sexual indiscretions with younger males."
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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.