NV - Pastor goes on trial soon
He’s accused of sexually abusing kids
And he headed two Las Vegas churches
Minister belonged to controversial denomination
Several of its clergy & staff are alleged child molesters
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will
-- disclose that minister who has headed two Las Vegas churches faces a trial soon on multiple child sex abuse charges, and
-- prod officials and members at his church to reach out to others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.
TODAY, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
Outside the Las Vegas Valley Christian Church, 3140 S. Durango Dr., Las Vegas, NV (702) 644-9435
Two members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including a Chicago woman who is the organization’s founder and long time president
In December 2012, Rev. Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Morales of Las Vegas was indicted on four counts of sex abuse and six counts of sex offense. At that time, Morales pastored Las Vegas Valley Christian Church in Las Vegas, according to a police report. He also reportedly headed the Open Door Community Church in Las Vegas.
Morales trial is set for Nov 18. The indictment was handed down by Montgomery County Maryland State’s Attorney John T. McCarthy.
Two months ago, Morales, 55, was indicted again on one count of sex abuse and three counts of sex offense. These new indictments bring the total to 14 and include victims that span a period of 12 years. Combined, the charges against Morales carrying a penalty of 180 years.
Morales’ alleged sex acts took place between 1985 and 1990 at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, which is named in a high profile civil class action lawsuit alleging a cover-up of sex abuse allegations. It charges that Rev. C.J. Mahaney and other pastors at the church conspired to cover up Morales’ crimes and that Morales’ crimes continued after several pastors were made aware of his abuses.
SNAP believes that church officials at both places Morales worked in Las Vegas should aggressively reach out to current and former members and staff of their congregations and see if anyone else may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by Morales.
One indictment alleges that Morales’ first reported offence occurred in 1979.
At least one of Morales’ victims is represented by Washington DC Susan Burke (202.386.9622, 281.362.1411, 203. 299.1140)
Rev. Brent Detwiler, a co-founder of Sovereign Grace Ministries, has broken with the group and is now an outspoken critic of some of the defendants on his blog, BrentDetwiler.com (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Morales’ last known contact information is: 3125 Villa Colonade Drive, Las Vegas, email@example.com, 702-561-9082. According to his on-line biography, Morales is a 1995 graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
He is represented by Rockville MD attorney Alan C. Drew (301-563-8910).
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.