MS - Police, prosecutors, and victims must do more, SNAP says
An admitted child predator may evade justice using a technicality, so police, prosecutors and victims must re-double their efforts to find others who saw, suspected or suffered misdeeds by John Langworthy.
No one can be sure how the judge will rule on the statute of limitations dispute. We can all be sure, however, that kids will be safer if Langworthy is behind bars. So it's crucial that anyone with information or suspicions of his wrongdoing step forward. And it's crucial that law enforcement officials do more to seek out others who can help make sure Langworthy is successfully prosecuted.
We urge current and former members and staff at Langworthy's work places - the church and the pharmacy - to find the strength to call 911 with any information - however old or vague or slight it may seem - about Langworthy.
We urge victims of Langworthy to ask friends and family "Did he hurt you too?" If so, please urge them to call the police.
Our choice is clear. We can sit back, cross our fingers, and hope the judge will let the prosecution proceed. Or we can work harder, find more victims, witnesses, whistleblowers and evidence, and know, at the end of the day, that we've done all we can to protect kids.
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.