IN- Affidavit details sexual abuse by a youth pastor, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, October 20, 2014
An Indiana youth pastor, who was arrested in September for sexual misconduct with a minor, allegedly abused a child on at least three occasions according to a court affidavit. We are grateful to the family member of the victim who reported the sexual abuse to the police.
When those who know about or suspect abuse speak up, children are safe.
Derrick "Duke" Hampsch was working as the youth pastor at First Baptist church in Vincennes, IN at the time of the abuse. According to news sources he is still listed on the phone directory at the church.
We urge church officials to immediately alert parishioners about Hampsch’s arrest and alleged abuse. They should beg anyone who saw, suspects, or suffered abuse by Hampsch to immediately report what they know to 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 20,000 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)
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