AL – Pastor charged with refusing to report abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Statement by Amy Smith of Dallas, Texas, Volunteer Baptist Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network (281-748-4050[email protected])

Huntsville Police have arrested a Baptist pastor for failing to notify law enforcement or the Department of Human Resources after receiving a report of alleged sexual abuse. Michael Walker, a pastor at Southside Baptist Church, learned of the alleged abuse in March of 2017, but the alleged perpetrator was not arrested until last month.

SNAP has no direct knowledge about either set of allegations in this case. However, as advocates for child sex abuse victims, we recognize the absolute necessity of reporting all allegations of crimes against children to the professionals in law enforcement. Mandatory reporters are not required to investigate, but they can make a huge difference in the lives of young people who are being abused by reporting allegations to those who are qualified to investigate.

Whether or not the allegations against Pastor Walker are found to be true or not, we applaud the Huntsville Police for investigating them. Mandatory reporters are on the front lines of defending children, and when they fail to do their job they should be held accountable to the full extent of the law.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Our website is

Contacts – Amy Smith (281-748-4050[email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003[email protected]), Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175[email protected]), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434[email protected])

Showing 1 comment

  • Candace Clifton
    commented 2018-07-21 18:13:13 -0500
    Police also take a vow to ‘protect and serve’, but when they are protecting the pedophile for their own child pornography ring, they are no better than a predator priest. My son went to be with the Lord in 2001, because in Austin, I had to work underground 2 yrs. to find why they did not arrest man. It all started in 1986, in 1988 Congressman J.J.Pickle removed the 2 cops responsible(sexual abuse unit) and in 1990 the pedo was arrested. Not only do people not want to believe it, but I found out why pastors don’t care. But a bill should be passed that does not allow judges to use nepotism and let slime like this go free. He went in front of a judge who knew his dad so he set him free w/ 3 felonies and no signing a sex register. He moved to Waco, and I had to write story and deliver to warn his neighborhood. Young boys minds are wired so differently from girls, and they don’t want to tell or anyone to know. I’ve been raped violently 5 times (twice by cops out of revenge); no big deal. But boys either take it out on themselves or shoot up schools (I believe), but I must live w/o my precious son until I see him again.

SNAP Network is a GuideStar Gold Participant