The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Serial predator clergyman is exposed & sued
Despite earlier criminal conviction, he was sent to a new church
Church & school supervisors warned no one and he molested children again
Now, man who attended San Diego College is jailed as a "sexually violent predator"
SNAP to Protestant school & church: “Protect kids, NOT your image and secrets!”
The group will also urge passersby to:
former students, faculty and employees
In 1982, as a Point Loma Nazarene University ministry student, Thomas was sent to be the summer pastoral intern at Berkeley Church of the Nazarene, even though college and San Diego church staff knew he had a prior conviction for child sexual abuse. He was to live with a family with two young children. No university or church officials warned the parents. During that summer, Thomas sexually assaulted the kids in their own home, often while their parents were asleep.
SNAP has just learned about the lawsuit. The group suspects there may be others, in San Diego and elsewhere, who were assaulted by Thomas. SNAP feels it's the duty of church and college officials to disclose the lawsuit and actively urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered Thomas' crimes to call police and get help. Current and former Point Loma students and employees should especially be targeted for such outreach effort, SNAP maintains.
Thomas is listed on the state sex offender registry - http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/cgi/prosoma.dll?searchby=offender&id=1869408330713
The Nazarene Church is headquartered in Kansas City MO. http://www.nazarene.org/
The victims in civil litigation are represented by Newport Beach attorney Vince Finaldi (949 252 9990 office, 949 683 8737 cell), whose firm has handled hundreds of clergy sex abuse and cover up cases across the country. The defense lawyers are Thomas Rutherford and Scott Blackstone, of the now defunct Callahan, McCune & Willis, who represented the Orange County Catholic institutions that faced dozens of similar lawsuits.
This is the third case in the last two weeks in which SNAP has highlighted men who were found guilty of child sex crimes and were still hired later by Protestant churches despite their convictions. In this case, and a Minneapolis case, the predators went on to molest again.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests