TN- Man allegedly met victims through church, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, October 03, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected]om)

A registered sex offender in Nashville has been charged with child sexual crimes involving alleged victims he met at an Oregon church.

We are glad that law enforcement are working to find more victims.

Joseph William Wehage is listed as a registered agent of Oregon Territorial Assembly Church. Since he allegedly met one of his victims at church it's very possible that he assaulted others who attend or work at the church or their children.

Wehage had been living in Nashville and we are concerned that he may have abused children there.

We urge anyone who saw, suspects or suffered wrong doing by Wehage to immediately call secular law enforcement. We urge staff and members at any church where he attended to aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes and beg them to call law enforcement.

(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

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])


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