NC- Pastor accused of sexual assault, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A North Carolina pastor, who was working in South Carolina, has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. He is already listed on the sexual offender registry in North Carolina. We are disturbed that a registered sex offender was allowed to work as the pastor of a church.
We want church officials at Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas, an international organization headquartered in Greenville, S.C., which Faith Chapel and New Mount Zion (where Cory Dean Moses allegedly abused a girl) are members, to answer why they allowed a convicted sexual predator to work. As far as we can tell parishioners were given no warning.
We are grateful for this brave victim speaking up and for the York Police Department admitting there are most likely more victims. We urge anyone who suffered, suspects or witnessed abuse to come forward report 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 15,000 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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434,email@example.com)