FL- Predator pastor kept on job during child sex abuse investigation
For immediate release: August 2, 2013
Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com
Presbyterian officials kept an accused predatory minister on the job in Boca Raton for a year before finally ousting him because of credible allegations that he sexually exploited a teenage girl.
Shame on them.
Rev. Kirk A. McCormick of Grace Community Church should have been suspended immediately. It is outrageous that this perpetrator would be allowed around children while investigations of his sexual abuse with a minor occur. We urge the church officials to put the safety of children ahead of everything else. And we urge them to discipline those responsible for this inexcusable recklessness.
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.
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