PA--Molesting minister is arrested; Now, investigate his colleagues
For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
We are thrilled that Rev. Jacob Malone has been arrested but we hope law enforcement officials will investigate and perhaps charge others at his churches – in Minnesota, Pennsylvania or Arizona - who may have ignored or concealed his child sex crimes.
Very often, such investigations turn up evidence that fellow church employees or members knew of or suspected child sex crimes but kept silent. We hope that’s not the case here. But it’s important that such investigations happen. That’s the best way to deter current and future cover ups in other churches.
We hope every single person who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Malone or cover ups by his colleagues will find the strength to call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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)