TX- Ex-pastor gets jail for “sexting” teen, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A Garland, TX youth pastor was sentenced on Wednesday for sending lewd text messages and photos to a teenage girl.
It is always devastating and disappointing when a trusted and respected member of the clergy betrays his position and violates an innocent child. We hope the victim and her family can begin to heal and that anyone else who saw, suspects or was abused will find the courage to report to law enforcement. And we hope that Arapaho Road Baptist Church and Texas Baptist Convention officials use their vast resources to find others with knowledge of or suspicions about these crimes and beg them to call police.
We fear that some at this church may have ignored or concealed this predator's crimes. We hope we are wrong. But if we're right, we hope law enforcement officials will aggressively investigate and pursue any current or former church employee who protected an offender and endanger a child.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)