Two face recent charges of child sex crimes
The 3rd, the head pastor, was fired for “alcohol abuse”
Group urges “independent investigation” into “network”
“Independent churches are ripe for wrongdoing,” SNAP says
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will
--blast officials at a state-wide mega-church where two volunteers were recently charged with abuse and the ‘founding pastor’ has been fired for “unfortunate choices and decisions,"
--urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes, cover ups or other misconduct there to call secular authorities, not church officials, and
--warn church-goers that abuse and cover up is sometimes more prevalent in independent mega-churches that are often started and dominated by powerful personalities and lack any real “checks and balances” that are usually found in more established denominations.
Last month, man reached $4.5 million settlement
The convicted child molester now lives in Maryland
But he spent years in Georgia working in five towns
Group wants Savannah bishop to “do aggressive outreach”
“With some effort, pedophile might be locked up again,” SNAP says
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, a Georgia man who was repeatedly molested as a boy by the state’s most notorious pedophile priest will speak publicly for the first time about his experiences and his sizeable settlement last month with Savannah Catholic officials. He’ll be joined by his attorney.
And clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will
--blast Catholic officials in four states for their handling of the priest,
--urge them to “do aggressive outreach” so he might be prosecuted again, and
--beg anyone who “saw, suspected or suffered his crimes” to call police or prosecutors immediately.