OR- Pastor arrested for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

OR- Pastor arrested for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, October 03, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

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