SNAP blasts LCMS officials, calls for criminal investigation
It is deplorable that Darwin Schauer was hired as a pastor when officials knew that he had abused children in the past. Charges of negligence should be brought against these officials for placing this predator in a situation where he easily could – and did – abuse another child. We hope that justice will be served for the newest victim of this predator.
We applaud Rev. Don Kirchner for taking the fight to the LCMS church and district officials and getting to the truth of this situation. Yet Kirchner should not be acting alone; law enforcement officials should be investigating to see what laws, if any, were broken when these officials hired a known sex offender and put him around children. We hope that anyone – whether involved with the LCMS church or not – who may have any knowledge of Schauer’s crimes or the complicity of LCMS church and district officials (such as District President Don Fondow) to immediately report what they have seen, suspected, or suffered to police.
Read the story here: http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/234531/group/homepage/
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.
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.