TX - Pastor arrested for abuse of young girl; SNAP responds
For immediate release: August 19, 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 Houston pastor has been arrested for sexually abusing a 8-year-old girl.
We applaud the young girl’s family for reporting the abuse of Romulo Jimenez to authorities.
We encourage the members of Centro Cristiano Vida Nuevo to report anything they may have experienced, witnessed, or suspected to police in order to ensure that this predator is kept away from children forever.
We urge officials at the Centro Cristiano Vida Nuevo church to also reach out to potential victims at any other church or work place where Jimenez may have spent time.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
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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