KY--Accused predatory minister dies; Victims respond
For immediate release: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
An accused child predator has passed away. We hope his death will prompt others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to come forward.
Rev. David James Brown was arrested earlier this month and charged with use of electronic communications to procure a minor for sex. He headed First Christian Church in Jeffersonville.
We hope his colleagues and congregants now do all they can to reach out to others who may have been hurt by Rev. Brown.
No matter what church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic 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)
Jeffersonville pastor arrested in Kentucky dies
BY ELIZABETH DEPOMPEI
JEFFERSONVILLE — A Jeffersonville pastor arrested earlier this month diedMonday, according to church staff.
David James Brown, 46, was arrested in Kentucky after allegedly arranging to meet a minor for sex in Frankfort on June 15, according to newsgathering partner WAVE3 News.
He was later charged with . . .
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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