Heal the wounded, protect the vulnerable, prevent the abuse: Prestonwood Baptist Church and John Langworthy
If you were a victim of Langworthy's child sex crimes in Dallas, please call Doreen in the Dallas police department at 214-671-4211. The Dallas police department wants to hear from you and she'll be expecting your call. Doreen is the report intake specialist for the child abuse/exploitation unit and is a trained counselor.
If you were or are a victim of Langworthy's child sex crimes in Mississippi, please call Josh Frazier in the Clinton Police Department at 601-925-6106 or call the main number and ask for Josh at 601-924-5252.
A mother of a victim speaks:
As a mother of a child that was molested by John Langworthy when he was at Prestonwood in the late 80's, I want people to know the truth, The hurt our family endured during this time is indescribeable. First of all, we were not contacted by Prestonwood when our son went to the youth minister, Neal Jeffrey to tell him what he had been going through for months at the hands of John Langworthy.
The phone rang and it was the counselor's office calling to confirm my son's appointment. I called Neal immediately to find out what was going on. The next thing I remember is seeing my son sitting on the curb outside our front door waiting for Neal and a youth volunteer to arrive. Our son could not bring himself to come into our home to tell us what John had done to him. We felt Neal was there to look after the church's interest.
Prestonwood only tried to protect themselves. The church never reported John to the police, and he left Texas within a week for Mississippi. My husband and I found out that Langworthy was working at a elementary school in Mississippi. We made a call to a school official to tell them about John's molestation of young boys. We knew we had to notify the school. No more children needed to be John's victims.
We ask that Prestonwood take responsibility for their coverup, and to say they are sorry.
Sadness, Abuse and John Langworthy by Sherry Lefils
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