IL--Accused prominent pastor is arraigned
Accused prominent pastor is arraigned
As recently as last year, he reportedly assaulted girl
SNAP: “High profile minister is still on the job in a church now!”
He’s been in leadership posts with national Baptist organization
Holding signs and childhood photos outside an arraignment hearing for an accused, prominent predatory pastor, clergy sex abuse victims will
-- praise the brave teen who reported wrongdoing and denounce those who allow the accused to remain in ministry, and
-- beg “anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered” the minister’s crimes to call police immediately.
Wednesday, 11/4 @ 9:00 am (Hearing is at 9:00 am. We will speak out just following the hearing.)
Outside Cook County Court, 2600 South California Ave. (Room 101) at 26th and California
Two-three members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including a Chicago woman who is the organization’s founder and long-time president
A prominent South Side pastor who’s had leadership positions with the National Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest and oldest African-American religious organization, the Biblical Exposition Conference and WHW Ministries is being arraigned for alleged child sex crimes he admitted committing as recently as last year.
He is Rev. George W. Waddles, Sr. and despite his admission and arrest, he remains in the pulpit today.
At least two other church members have reported that Waddles also attacked them.
SNAP wants his congregation and his colleagues to force him to resign. They are also urging other “victims, witnesses and whistleblowers” to “come forward, call police, expose wrongdoing and protect kids.”
Rev. Waddles allegedly tried to hug and kiss a then-13 year old girl several times during the counseling sessions and meetings at his church, Zion Hill Baptist (1460 W. 78th St. on the South Side). Waddles has worked there for two decades. http://zionhillmbc.com
Three months ago, he spoke at the annual conference of National Baptist Convention, “the country's largest and oldest African-American religious organization.”
Barbara Blaine, SNAP President, 312 399 4747, email@example.com
Bill Reidy, SNAP Spokesperson, 847 651 2661, firstname.lastname@example.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
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.