MD- Church leader to be sentenced in child sex abuse case, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003,

A Maryland megachurch leader will be sentenced today after being found guilty of sexually abusing three boys. We hope he gets the harshest sentence. Children are safer when predators are locked up, where they can’t hurt another innocent child.

Nathaniel "Nate" Morales was the youth leader at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD. By using his position of trust and authority he was able to sexually assault at least three boys, the youngest being only 11 years old.

We are grateful to the brave victims and whistleblowers who came forward and helped with this case. Their bravery will keep a dangerous man away from kids. Morales could face an 85 year prison sentence and we hope he gets it.

We hope anyone else who may have seen, suspects or suffered child sex crimes by Morales, or any other church officials, will find the courage to speak up, report what they know and start healing.  

(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

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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