Friday, August 26, 2011
Church Leaders Lawyer Up In Sex Crime Investigation
Well, this is just sad. Unfortunately, it was also predictable. I was really hoping Morrison Heights Baptist Church was going to be the exception and not the rule.
Read along and let this sink in:
According to his alleged victim, John Langworthy's sex crimes took place 22 years ago when the former minister of music at Morrison Heights Baptist Church was babysitting.
McBride: "And obviously it's a very serious allegation."
Prosecutors say the accusations against the 49-year-old husband and father include multiple acts of child molestation.
McBride: "I guess it really would fall under both sexual battery and gratification of lust, both lustful touching and penetration.
Assistant district attorney, Jamie McBride, wants to know what church leaders know about Langworthy's possible past sex crimes, but elders at Morrison Heights are now speaking through their attorney.
McBride: "The attorney for them has asked us to come up with some law to talk about whether or not that's privileged conversations or not."
Ross Adams, WJTV News, Channel 12
Could this be what all the "lawyering up" is about?
Who may report a suspected case of child abuse?
In accordance with Section 43-21-353 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated, "Any attorney, physician, dentist, intern, resident, nurse, psychologist, social worker, family protection worker, family protection specialist, child caregiver, minister, law enforcement officer, public or private school employee or any other person having reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a neglected child or an abused child, shall cause an oral report to be made immediately by telephone or otherwise and followed as soon thereafter as possible by a report in writing to the Department of Human Services, ..."
What will happen if you know of abuse and don't report it?
Upon being found guilty, the individual shall be punished by a fine not to exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or by imprisonment in jail not to exceed one (1) year, or both. Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated Section 43-21-353(7).
Clarion Ledger >> August 28th >> Abuse case talks called privileged
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services >> Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect: Summary of State Laws
Wolves in the Music Ministry
Wolves in the Music Ministry - Part 2
Letter to the editor in the Clarion Ledger from David Clohessy, national director of SNAP.
WAPT-TV >> Grand Jury To Consider Case Against Former Clinton Minister
Associated Baptist Press >> Prosecutors want information from church about former minister suspected of child abuse
We saw the same stonewalling from Bellevue during the Paul Williams investigation.
Deny, Deny, Deny!