OR- Pastor arrested for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Friday, October 03, 2014
A pastor from Oregon has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a child from Utah. We are grateful to the brave victim and her parents for alerting law enforcement.
According to police reports Leonel Rocha-Pereda was working on setting up a new church in Salt Lake City and had been staying with the victim’s family during the time of the abuse.
We are deeply disappointed that a man entrusted by this family and the community abused his position and allegedly touched and sent sexual text messages to a child.
We urge anyone who saw, suspects or suffered wrong doing by Rocha-Pereda, in Oregon or Utah, to immediately call secular law enforcement.
(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 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), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
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.
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.