FL--Jury acquits thrice-accused teacher; Abuse victims respond
For immediate release: Friday, July 1, 2016
Our hearts ache for the girl who was sexually abused by a Coral Springs teacher who has evaded justice. It must be devastating for her and her family to sit through a criminal trial and watch the criminal get off thanks to shrewd lawyering, even though he initially confessed to the crimes and faces two other accusers.
We hope others with information or suspicions about Michael Nathan Jones, a former counselor at Forest Hills Elementary School, will now come forward.
Six months ago, civil child sex abuse lawsuits against him settled.
No matter what lawmakers 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 schools, 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)
Jury acquits Coral Springs counselor in molestation case
Rafael Olmeda Sun Sentinel
A Broward jury on Thursday acquitted Michael Nathan Jones, an after-school program counselor accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl at Forest Hills Elementary School in 2011.
Defense calls accused molester's statement "textbook false confession" in Coral Springs case
A Broward jury on Thursday acquitted Michael Nathan Jones, an after-school program counselor accused of . . .
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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