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VA--Group wants investigation into church/college abuse case

For immediate release: Friday, June 3, 2016

For more information: Barbra Graber, David Clohessy 314 566 9790,

Group wants investigation into church/college abuse case

“But it must be independent, not internal,” survivors insist

They challenge Mennonite officials to publicly pledge full cooperation

“And they should publicly oppose even discussion of an in-house probe,” group says

A support group for abuse victims is urging Mennonite Church officials to hire independent investigators to look into an abuse case at a Virginia church and university. The group also wants church leaders to pledge, in advance, their full cooperation with such an effort and their “vigorous opposition” to any proposed internal investigation.

The case involves Luke Hartman, well known church leader who was arrested on solicitation of prostitution charges while he was a vice president at Eastern Mennonite University and a member of Lindale Mennonite Church, both in Harrisonburg, VA. He is also accused of sexual abuse, stalking, verbal abuses, threats of violence and was allowed to remain in his position, the group says, long after credible accusations were made.

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ME--Group wants investigation into child molesting cleric

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda

Group wants investigation into child molesting cleric

SNAP: “How did a convicted predator get a job in a parish?”

Priest hurt a Michigan child, then Boston bishop gave him posts in NH & Maine

A support group is calling for an investigation into how a priest convicted of a child sex crime got a job at a Maine church.

The New York-based Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) and its bishop in Boston are being sued by a young man who was molested in Maine as a 15 year old altar boy by a priest who is now behind bars. The newly filed civil lawsuit charges that church officials were negligent in supervising the cleric, who had been convicted of a child sexual crime before he was ordained.


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