CA- Youth pastor pleads not guilty to child porn, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 21, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected])

An Oakdale youth pastor has pleaded not guilty to charges of downloading child pornography. We hope that justice will be served in this case.

Taylor David Bliss was charged with downloading child porn at his home and church computer. He will be kept in custody until a judge decides to allow bail or keep him in custody.

Child pornography is not a victimless crime. It is extremely disturbing given Bliss’s role as a youth pastor, a trusted member of the community with unfettered access to children.

We hope that anyone who saw, suspects, or suffered sexual crimes will come forward, report to police and get help. We also hope church officials will aggressively reach out to any victims and be transparent and cooperative with law enforcement.

(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

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

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