VA- Former pastor and daycare operator sentenced, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, September 4, 2014

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

A former Virginia pastor and daycare operator has been sentenced to 6 years in prison. We are glad he will spend time behind bars, but believe children would be safer if his sentence was longer.

James Daley was the pastor at Beth Eden Lutheran Church in Luray and him and his wife operated a day care center out of their home. The allegations of abuse against Daley stem from his time as a pastor and from the day care.

We urge officials to reach out to everyone who attended the day care and Beth Eden church and ask them if they saw, suspect or suffered abuse. When victims find the courage to speak up predators are exposed and children are safer.

(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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