For immediate release: Wednesday July 10, 2013
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A Tulsa pastor, Rev. Gregory Hawkins, was charged with sexual abuse of a teenage girl. The 15-year-old girl is now five months pregnant with Hawkins’ child. Hawkins is also the owner of Zion Child Care & Learning Center.
We commend the young girl for informing details to the police leading to his arrest and disabling him from bringing harm to others.
We strongly urge other potential victims and witnesses who have more information to come forward to help keep this predator in jail where he belongs. We also encourage officials at Zion Plaza Church to inform their flock of this crime in order to spread awareness and provide support to other potential victims.