MO--Church & non-profit must act now on child sex charges
For immediate release: Thursday, July 13
A Kansas City area pastor who is also a homeless shelter staffer faces child sex charges. It’s now the duty of both institutions – church and shelter – to aggressively seek out others with information or suspicions about his crimes, so that law enforcement can successfully prosecute the pastor.
Rev. Preston heads My Father’s House and has also been pastor at Grace Revolution Church of the Nazarene in Miami County Kansas. But Preston’s charity has sites across six counties. We firmly believe he has molested others. And those who gave Rev. Preston positions, prestige and power to help find those wounded individuals.
According to one newspaper “The shelter’s website currently features a link to a GoFundMe web page. . .asking for funds to help Preston take a sabbatical.” We urge Preston’s employers to return those donations and explain why.
No matter what charity or church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in charities, churches or institutions to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
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