The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Another man connected with church is arrested
Like 5 others, he too is charged with committing child sex crimes
Independence-based church ‘priest’ sought by Vermont authorities
He was in Blue Springs congregation, now in jail in DeKalb County MO
SNAP begs anyone who “saw, suspected or suffered” sexual abuse to “speak up”
Clergy sex abuse support group urges victims to contact law enforcement, not the church
Cool was recently baptized and ordained an elder in the Vermont Mormon Church.
Cool moved to Vermont in 2005. At least one of Cool’s victims was abused in Missouri. Detective Trooper Megan Sheridan of the Vermont State Police in Bethel, VT (802-234-9933) is handling the case. Cool also spent some time in Montana in recent years.
Though the men allegedly molested relatives, it’s likely, SNAP feels, that they also molested children of fellow church members. So it’s the duty of church officials to do all they can to help find other victims and witnesses so the police can investigate quickly and thoroughly, SNAP believes.
The Independence-based Community of Christ, which split from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1860 and was known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints until 2001. According to news accounts, even while church officials were denying the men had "leadership roles," the officials also claimed the men's priesthood licenses were suspended.)
SNAP believes some people with information about the alleged crimes, whether victims or witnesses, may be uncomfortable calling law enforcement. The group will urge anyone with suspicions or knowledge of these men’s crimes to call SOMEONE a therapist, friend, support group, anyone so that they can get help and so that the wrongdoers can be prosecuted.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests