NV- Las Vegas man, part of odd church, is sentenced on child abuse

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, SNAPdorri[email protected]gmail.com)

A Las Vegas man, who is a former Maryland megachurch leader, has been sentenced to 40 years in jail, after being found guilty of sexually abusing three boys. We are glad he has been given such a long 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, but currently resides in Las Vegas. 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 and to the jury for finding him guilty Their bravery will keep a dangerous man away from kids for the next 40 years.

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 SNAPnetwork.org) 

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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