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SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, February 2, 2010

South Jersey pastor charged with sexual assault; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, St. Louis MO 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPnetwork.org, SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Let’s hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered from this crimes by this clergyman or others will come forward, call police, get help, and protect others by reporting to law enforcement. We applaud this brave young woman for having the strength to disclose her abuse and the wisdom to cooperate with police. Others will no doubt be inspired by courage to likewise report their victimization by this minister or other predators.

(SNAP is a 22 year old, confidential, independent, Chicago-based national support group with 9,000 members in 60 chapters. Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable. Despite the word 'priest' in our title, we help men and women who were victimized by any religious figure of any denomination.)

For more info: David Clohessy 314 566 9790 SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Blaine 312 399 4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com


South Jersey pastor charged with sexual assault -Tue, Feb. 2, 2010

By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

A South Jersey pastor was being held at the Camden County Jail tonight on $200,000 bail after being charged with sexually assaulting an under-aged girl, authorities said.

Gregor George Woodruff, 61, the pastor of the Ewan United Methodist Church in Mullica Hill, allegedly assaulted the girl "on numerous occasions" during the last two years, said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's office.

Woodruff, of Gloucester City, was arrested Friday at the Kennedy Health System Crisis Center and charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault, three counts of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, Laughlin said.

Laughlin said it was the policy of the prosecutor's office not to release any information that might identify the girl, including her age, hometown or how she knew Woodruff.

Anyone with information that might aid the investigation is asked to call Investigator Amy Pisano 856-225-8400 or Gloucester City detectives at 856-456-7797.


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