MS - Abusive Baptist minister pleads guilty, SNAP responds
Today, a disgraced Baptist minister has pled guilty to charges that he molested five boys in the 1980’s.
We are glad that some justice has been served in the case against John Langworthy. While it is likely that more truth would have come out if this case had gone to trial – including what other church officials knew about Langworthy’s crimes, and when – we are glad that the victims in this case are spared the pain of having to testify. We are disappointed that as a condition of this plea that Langworthy will not be sent to jail because kids are always safer when predators are behind bars. We are grateful, however, that he will be made to register as a sex offender, which will allow parents and community members to know that he is a potential danger and will prevent him from freely interacting with children.
The victims in this case deserve praise for coming forward and reporting their abuse to police. It is a very difficult thing to admit to others that you were sexually abused as a child, but by coming forward these victims have helped keep other children safe from Langworthy and hopefully deterred other predators from committing similar crimes. Silence is a predator’s best weapon, and we are grateful to those who broke their silence to ensure that justice is served.
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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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.