NE- Pastor accused of inappropriate touching

NE- Pastor accused of inappropriate touching

For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A Nebraska pastor has been charged with sexual assault after allegedly inappropriately touching a teenage girl. We applaud this brave girl for reporting her abuse. Other children will be safer because she had the courage to speak up.

Clifton J. Wells has been the pastor at the Church of Jesus Christ for 26 years and is a retired Omaha firefighter.

We hope this girl’s bravery will encourage anyone else who might have been hurt by Wells to come forward, contact police, and start healing.

Officials at the Church of Jesus Christ should immediately alert parishioners about Wells arrest and beg anyone who saw, suspects, or suffered abuse to come forward and report to law enforcement. 

(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 (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

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