OK- Pastor pleads guilty to lewd acts with a child, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A Guthrie pastor has pleaded guilty and has been convicted of lewd acts with a child. We are glad this dangerous predator is finally going to prison and we are grateful for the brave victim for speaking out.
David Moore, the pastor at True Life Ministries, was convicted in 2002 of lewd acts with a child, making yesterday’s conviction his second. This goes to show that predators rarely attack once. We are extremely disappointed that True Life Ministries hired Moore. At best they did not do their due diligence and background checking him. At worst they allowed a convicted child molester to work in their church giving him the opportunity to abuse again.
We urge True Life Ministries officials to seek out anyone else who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Moore and to take immediate action against any employee who helped endanger kids by ignoring or concealing Moore’s crimes. We hope the victims will gain peace and courage from his prison sentence 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 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)