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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, January 18, 2010

Chattanooga predatory preacher arrested; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Dorris, National Outreach Director, SNAP, 314 862 7688

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

We're grateful this predator's been caught and we hope that a judge locks him up for a long, long time.

Members of this church need to ask everyone they know if they saw, suspected or suffered Hughes' crimes or misdeeds. Then, they need to give any information they have to police immediately. Hughes is obviously compulsively driven and needs to be jailed quickly so that kids are safer.

No whose fault any of this is, anyone with information about clergy sex crimes or cover-ups has a moral and civic duty to report to the independent professionals in law enforcement, not the biased amateurs in church groups or denominational headquarters.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around since 1988 and have more than 9,000 members across the country. 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

David Clohessy, National Director 314 566 9790

Monday, Jan. 18, 2010

Chattanooga: Police arrest sex offender leading church services

By: Adam Crisp

Chattanooga police have arrested a man for violating the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry after he set up a makeshift church on E. 39th Street after authorities told him to avoid church work and being employed near schools.

Police say Edward Hughes was working at the same church he operated when he raped someone in 2005. He later pleaded guilty to the crime and agreed not to work within 1,000 feet of a school, lead a church or work with children, said Lt. Kim Noorbergen, Chattanooga police spokeswoman.

She said that on Saturday night around 7 p.m. police arrested Mr. Hughes at Bethlehem Evangelistic Mission, which is within 1,000 feet of East Lake Elementary School. Lt. Noorbergen said the church was running off an electric generator and had no power meter.

Mr. Hughes was holding 6:15 p.m. Saturday services, she said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests