OH - SNAP applauds arrest of Orthodox priest in Ohio
It is disturbing how easily predators are able to find potential victims by using the internet. For that reason, we are grateful to Columbus police for apprehending Fr. Patrick Hughes before he had the chance to potentially victimize more children.
Parents must remain vigilant and be sure to monitor the internet activity of young, unsuspecting children who may be pursued by predators such as Rev. Hughes. Child predators are often charismatic and deceptive, and what seems safe and innocent from behind a computer screen can turn out to be nefarious.
Given how bold Rev. Hughes was in placing his ad for underage sex online, we believe he has likely engaged in sexual misconduct before. We urge anyone at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral who may have seen or suspected Rev. Hughes’ crimes or odd behavior to contact police. Any bit of information may be the difference between putting a dangerous predator behind bars and keeping children safe or allowing this man another chance to learn from his mistakes and hurt more kids.
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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