TN- Baptist youth minister charged with murdering fiancée, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,

A Springfield, TN youth minister has been charged with the murder of his 21 year old fiancée. This is an extremely troubling case.

We are saddened that an innocent girl lost her life. We are troubled that Charles Pittman was the youth minister at Providence Baptist Church and is now accused of murder. Anyone who experienced, witnessed or suspects any other abusive behavior from Pittman should immediately report to police. We also hope university and church officials will do outreach to any potential victims.

Our hearts go out to the victim’s family.

(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

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell,, Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,, Peter Isely (414-429-7259,, Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434,

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