OH--Abuse victims blast Canton-based church group
For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23
Officials at a Canton-based church group apparently erased the name of one of their treasurers after he was arrested in Indianapolis for paying for sex with a prostitute and intimidating her.
According to the Indianapolis Star, “In a biography that has since been deleted from the group’s website, “John Robert Fiers, 53, Indianapolis, was “credited as a founding member and the treasurer-general” of the Worldwide Fellowship of Independent Christian Churches (330 354 5963).
Shame on the Worldwide Fellowship of Independent Christian Churches and its top officials (including Rev. Everett Lee Caldwell, Rev. Victor Allen Brown, Rev. Irvine Alafia Bryer, Rev. Kristten Nicole Caldwell).
Instead of acting like caring shepherds, they acted like shrewd corporate CEO's. Instead of being honest, they are being deceptive. Instead of helping police with prosecution, they’re hindering prosecution. Instead of aggressively seeking out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered Fliers’ crimes, they’re aggressively erasing facts and seeking only to protect their comfort and reputations.
We hope that anyone with information or suspicions about Fliers, or any other known or suspected wrongdoer in the Worldwide Fellowship of Independent Christian Churches will find the courage to report abuses and cover ups 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. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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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