MO- Former pastor pleads guilty to child molestation, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Friday, February 21, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A former Kansas City pastor pleaded guilty to child molestation and sexual misconduct.
George L. Spencer was the pastor at Greater Works CME Church in Kansas City. According to court records he abused a 13 year old girl while the girl’s mother and grandmother were attending bible study. This gross violation of trust is incredibly upsetting.
We are glad that, upon learning of the abuse, church officials immediately fired Spencer, but we are concerned that Spencer was arrested in New Orleans and had to extradited back to MO. We sincerely hope that he was not able to abuse any more children and urge church officials and law enforcement to reach out to anyone who may have seen, suspects, or suffered abuse by Spencer.
(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 SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, email@example.com)