MO- St. Charles minister arrested
For immediate release: Wednesday, March 19
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
We are very sad to learn that an O'Fallon MO minister admits child sex abuse and child porn. And we're surprised and disappointed that police are already suggesting there are no local victims.
Often, authorities want to quickly put worried parents at ease. But we believe that premature complacency is dangerous. We believe everyone should keep open minds here and not rule out that Rev. Matthew Luetke may have hurt kids here in Missouri as he did in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
We hope that every single person who attends or works at Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church
- or went or worked there in the past – will find the courage to call police right away if they saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or cover ups there.
(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 15,000 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)