FL--Victims urge toughest sentence for minister
For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 25
We hope youth pastor Jeffery London is given the toughest sentence possible today. And the minute he’s sentenced, we hope that Miami area church officials and charter school officials start working hard to find others London has hurt.
Everyone associated with Bible Church of God in Fort Lauderdale and Eagle Academy charter school in Lauderdale Lakes Church must launch an aggressive outreach campaign to find and help others who are in pain because of Rev. London’s crimes. They should especially track down and question former students and staff who may have quit or been forced out by this charismatic predator.
Too often, when law enforcement pursues a child molesting cleric, his supervisors, colleagues and church members stay silent. That’s wrong. They have a moral and civic duty to aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered the minister’s crimes. They must urge these victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to step forward, get help, expose wrongdoing, protect others and start healing.
At least a dozen boys report that Rev. London sexually violated them. We strongly suspect there are several dozen more who continue to suffer in isolation, shame, confusion and self-blame. It is imperative that those who hired, supervised and worked with London now step up, take responsibility, show courage and start reaching out to the wounded.
The sad bottom line is that kids are safest when predators are locked up for as long as possible. We hope this happens today to London. And regardless of the sentence imposed today, we hope that others with information or suspicions of child sex crimes and cover ups at Bible Church of God and Eagle Academy charter school will find the courage to call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids.
(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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, email@example.com)
Ex-pastor, school official faces life in prison for teen sex charge
By Paula McMahon Sun Sentinel firstname.lastname@example.org
Broward youth pastor and charter school dean may face life in prison for federal sex charge
Former church youth pastor, charter school leader and unofficial foster parent Jeffery London faces a maximum of life in federal prison when he is sentenced today for using a cellphone to lure an underage boy into sexual activity with him.
But London's defense says he should . . .
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.