SNAP wants independent probe of EMU about ex-VP Luke Hartman
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- An advocacy group wants independent investigation of accusations of past abuse, stalking, and threats allegedly by Luke Hartman, a former vice president at Eastern Mennonite Univ. and a member of Lindale Mennonite Church.
You may remember Hartman was arrested on solicitation of prostitution earlier this year, but that case was later dismissed in court.
The group that wants an investigation is the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests --or SNAP. They are urging Mennonite leaders to hire independent investigators to look into a different case involving Hartman.
The group wants these investigators to look at women's accusations of sexual and verbal abuse, stalking, and threats of violence.
SNAP also claims he was able to stay in his position long after credible accusations were made.
Jennifer Yoder, a SNAP victim advocate, said: "We need to see an investigation into who had knowledge and when, and absolutely resignations would be called for depending on the results of that investigation. We need . . .
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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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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