NC-Youth pastor pleads guilty in sexual abuse charge
For immediate release: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A former youth pastor from Concord has pleaded guilty to charges that he sexually molested children and was sentenced to sixteen years.
Robert “Bobby” Price was the youth pastor at King’s Way Baptist church in Concord, NC. Law enforcement officials began investigating Price after a victim reported to police in 2011. A civil case against Price has previously been settled. One of Price's victims was represented by Charlotte attorney Seth Langson.
We are glad guilty plea will keep Price away from children for a long time. We also strongly encourage anyone else who has been sexual abused or witnessed abuse to come forward and report to law enforcement. Healing can begin when the truth is revealed.
(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 20,000 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)
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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