OK- Pastor pleads guilty to lewd acts with a child, SNAP responds

OK- Pastor pleads guilty to lewd acts with a child, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com) 

A Guthrie pastor has pleaded guilty and has been convicted of lewd acts with a child. We are glad this dangerous predator is finally going to prison and we are grateful for the brave victim for speaking out. 

http://m.news9.com/story.aspx?story=25186072&catId=112032 

David Moore, the pastor at True Life Ministries, was convicted in 2002 of lewd acts with a child, making yesterday’s conviction his second. This goes to show that predators rarely attack once. We are extremely disappointed that True Life Ministries hired Moore. At best they did not do their due diligence and background checking him. At worst they allowed a convicted child molester to work in their church giving him the opportunity to abuse again.

We urge True Life Ministries officials to seek out anyone else who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Moore and to take immediate action against any employee who helped endanger kids by ignoring or concealing Moore’s crimes. We hope the victims will gain peace and courage from his prison sentence 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 15,000 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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

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  • commented 2016-04-21 13:47:48 -0500
    This is the third child he has molested as a pastor. And while in prison his ministry is still up and running to this day. Truelifeok.org and he is still listed as the senior pastor rev apostle. It needs to be shut down.
  • commented 2014-04-08 15:42:22 -0500
    “Lewd act with a child” is so abstract. It shold be called what it is: rape. ANY sexual activity between an adult and a child is rape, period. And I’m sure the actual rape was much more devistating for the victims than the sanitized expression “lewd act” implies.
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