NC- Pastor sent to prison; SNAP responds
For immediate release Friday, August 29, 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)
On Thursday a former youth pastor for the Kings Way Baptist Church, Bobby Price, entered an Alford Plea, where defendants plead guilty to the charges without actually admitting guilt. He was sentenced to sixteen months in prison.
Given the testimony by the brave victims and the aggressive manner in which they were attacked we fear that others are still trapped in secrecy and shame. Experience, history and research teach us that predators rarely stop and Price is still a young man. We beg anyone with any information about these crimes, no matter how old or insignificant they feel the information may be, to work with law enforcement to bring additional charges. Children are safe when predators are behind bars.
Price showed no remorse in court, no concern for the children he has harmed.
“We hope that church officials in both North Carolina and Nicaragua will reach out to everyone who may have been hurt by Price”, said David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP. “We beg them to contact current and former parishioners and employees, reminding them they have both a civic and moral obligation to protect children.”
(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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