MD- Minister found guilty in child sex abuse case, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A Maryland spiritual figure has been found guilty of all five charges of sexual abuse against children. We are grateful for this verdict and hope he is kept in prison for a long time.
We are grateful for the courage of the victims and witnesses who testified in this case.
Nathaniel Morales, a former member of the Covenant Life Church (part of Soveriegn Grace Ministries, a controversial group), was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse involving boys. The longer he is kept in prison and away from kids, the safer they will be.
We hope this verdict will inspire others who were hurt in Sovereign Grace Ministries churches to step forward protect kids expose wrongdoing and start healing. We hope it will also embolden law enforcement officials to pursue investigations and prosecutions of those who concealed abuse in these churches, not just those who committed abuse in them.
Finally, we make an impassioned plea to former SGM and CLC members and staff to help kids, police and prosecutors by becoming whistleblowers. It's never too late to share what you know or believe about child sexual abuse with police, prosecutors and the public.
(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 18,000 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)