NC- Church music teacher out on bond, SNAP responds

NC- Church music teacher out on bond, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A North Carolina music teacher, who was arrested for child sexual abuse, is out on bond. We are concerned that while he is out on bond he will be able to hurt another child. We urge parents and the community to be vigilant.

Brandon Wayne Bailey has been charged with sexually abusing a student during a private music lesson. Bailey is also a former employee at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church.

We are grateful to the brave victim who came forward and to Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church officials for calling and emailing congregants after they learned about Bailey’s arrest. We hope Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church officials will work harder to find former church staff and congregants whose kids may have been assaulted by Bailey.

We hope anyone else who was hurt by Bailey, or any other church officials, will find the courage to speak up, report what they know to police and start healing.  

(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)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

 

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