TX- Teacher arrested for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, August 25, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A first grade teacher has been arrested after a child came forward with abuse allegations. We applaud the bravery of this child and hope school officials will reach out to any other possible victims.

Juan Jose Soto Rangel worked at W.J. Turner Elementary and had been in the school district for 6 years. We urge school officials to release records of where else Rangel worked and immediately notify parents.

We hope that any other victims suffering in silence and self blame will gather courage from this survivor and report to law enforcement. Children are safer when those who saw, suspect, or suffered child sex crimes report what they know to secular 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 SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

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