WA - Everett pastor tries to solicit underage prostitute, SNAP responds
We are disturbed by the report of a Baptist pastor in Washington attempting to solicit a girl he knew to be a teenager for prostitution. This is horrible on several levels.
To abuse a child is bad enough, but to pay for the opportunity to abuse a child speaks of a depravity that is deeply rooted. We are grateful to police in Everett for apprehending Rev. John Lawlor, and we urge them to seek out others who he may have abused. We also call on church officials at First Baptist Church in Everett to aggressively seek out those within their congregation who may have been hurt by Rev. Lawlor.
According to court documents, Lawlor moved to Washington from Idaho only a year ago. We suspect it’s possible that he may have hurt kids while he was there as well, so anyone with knowledge as to his previous parishes should seek out victims there, and urge victims and witnesses to come forward to police.
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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