IA- Youth pastor pleads guilty in sexual abuse charge, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A former youth pastor from Des Moines has entered a guilty plea under charges that he sexually molested 2 teenage girls. Now, officials at Heritage Assembly of God church must mount a serious outreach effort to find others he may have hurt.
Ryan McKelvey was the youth pastor at Heritage Assembly church in Des Moines. Law enforcement officials began investigating him after one of the girls and her parents reported the abuse. A second victim later came forward. McKelvey first entered a not-guilty plea.
We strongly encourage anyone else who has been sexual abused or witnessed abuse to come forward and report to law enforcement. Healing can begin when the truth is revealed.
(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 25 years and have more than 15,000 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)