OH--Victims seek “outreach” in predator preacher case
For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 19
We applaud the brave victim who is helping prosecutors pursue an abusive pastor. And we call on current and former church members and staff to aggressively seek out others who may have been hurt by a New Hanover County preacher.
Donald Dwayne Ramsey is charged with felony second-degree sexual offense. He was arrested last month at his home in Wapakoneta, Ohio and was a youth pastor at Peace Baptist Church on Military Cutoff Road.
Too often, in clergy sex abuse and cover up cases, law enforcement focuses only on clerics who commit child sex crimes and ignore church staff who conceal child sex crimes. We urge police and prosecutors to investigate whether others at Peace Baptist may have ignored or hidden Ramsey’s crimes. If so, they should also be prosecuted.
And too often, in these cases, church officials do little or nothing to help police and prosecutors. We urge Peace Baptist members, volunteers and employees to work hard to find those who may have seen, suspected or suffered Ramsey’s crimes and beg them to call secular authorities.
(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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, email@example.com)
Former youth pastor arrested on sexual assault charge - By F.T. Norton - StarNews Staff
Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 11:13 a.m.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- A former youth pastor was arrested this week on a sexual assault allegation from 2013.
Donald Dwayne Ramsey, 45, is charged with felony second-degree sexual offense. He was arrested July 24 at his home in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on the New Hanover County warrant.
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office investigators picked Ramsey up from Ohio on Sunday, said Sgt. Jerry Brewer.
According to Brewer, Ramsey was a youth pastor at Peace Baptist Church on Military Cutoff Road.
The alleged offense took place while Ramsey was working in his capacity as youth pastor and at a time when . . .
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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