NV- Las Vegas man, part of odd church, is sentenced on child abuse
For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
A Las Vegas man, who is a former Maryland megachurch leader, has been sentenced to 40 years in jail, after being found guilty of sexually abusing three boys. We are glad he has been given such a long sentence. Children are safer when predators are locked up, where they can’t hurt another innocent child.
Nathaniel "Nate" Morales was the youth leader at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD, but currently resides in Las Vegas. By using his position of trust and authority he was able to sexually assault at least three boys, the youngest being only 11 years old.
We are grateful to the brave victims and whistleblowers who came forward and helped with this case and to the jury for finding him guilty Their bravery will keep a dangerous man away from kids for the next 40 years.
We hope anyone else who may have seen, suspects or suffered child sex crimes by Morales, or any other church officials, will find the courage to speak up, report what they know 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)
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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.