MS - MS victim of predatory preacher steps forward; SNAP responds
We applaud this brave man who has called police about an admitted child molesting cleric. It’s hard for victims to speak up, but that’s what it takes to safeguard kids, expose predators, and prevent crimes.
Let’s hope that every person who has any information or suspicions that could shed light on these allegations will find the courage and strength to call law enforcement so that the full truth might become clear.
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Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
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Story posted 2011.08.15 at 03:47 PM CDT
Clinton police said they are investigating claims made by a man against a former minister, who earlier this month admitted to having sexual indiscretions with teen boys 20 years ago.
The man, who is currently living out of state, has made accusations against John Langworthy, Clinton Police Chief Don Byington said. Byington wouldn't elaborate on the claims, but said the incident under investigation happened 20 years ago in Mississippi.
Langworthy resigned in May from his job as associate music pastor at Morrison Heights Baptist Church. Earlier this month, Langworthy told the congregation that 22 years ago, while serving at a church in Mississippi and one in Texas, he had "sexual indiscretions with younger males."
No charges were filed in Texas or in Mississippi. Byington said the Clinton Police Department is investigating the current claim.
Langworthy had also worked for Clinton Public Schools as choir director of the high school. The school district said it learned of the Texas allegations in August 2010. Langworthy resigned at the end of the 2011 school year, the district said.
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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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