Friday, May 3, 2013

A Tale of Two Jacks

                       

WFAA:
 A senior pastor at The Church of Corinth was allegedly recorded in about two hours of audio files attempting to persuade a female juvenile to undress, read an arrest affidavit released Thursday morning. Jeffrey Dale Williams was jailed on charges of attempted sexual performance by a child. Bond was set at $10,000.

 I'm sure there are more, perhaps many more victims. Predators rarely have only one.
Interviews guaranteeing complete confidentiality and immunity from prosecution, conducted by Emory University psychiatrist Dr. Gene Abel*, uncovered that:
· Male offenders who abused girls had an average of 52 victims each.
· Men who molested boys had an astonishing average of 150 victims each.
Only 3% of these crimes had ever been detected
We applaud this brave young girl and hope that others will have the courage to come forward to the police as well.

And yes, former Prestonwood Baptist Church minister, John Langworthy, also has many more victims from 3 decades of child sex crimes.


Thank you to WFAA and Brett Shipp for covering and exposing the story of Langworthy's confession and Prestonwood's failure to report him to the police in 1989 when they fired him for allegations of child sexual abuse of several boys in the church.

Prevent Abuse Now:
Among victims of sexual abuse, the inability to trust is pronounced, which also contributes to secrecy and non-disclosure. Children often fail to report because of the fear that disclosure will bring consequences even worse than being victimized again. The victim may fear consequences from the family, feel guilty for consequences to the perpetrator, and may fear subsequent retaliatory actions from the perpetrator.

That's why it's so critical that kids and adult survivors of child sexual abuse hear that we believe them. That's why what Prestonwood continues to do by refusing to speak out and decry Langworthy's child sex crimes at Prestonwood is so damaging.

Imagine the life-changing and eternal impact for good on the souls of kids Langworthy has abused both in TX and MS, particularly the younger, more recent and current (scared) victims, if Jack Graham used the multitude of resources at his disposal to reach out to them publicly, calling for an end to the silence protecting John and calling on all harmed by him to call police, seek help and justice and protect other kids? Like Jack did when he immediately took to the pulpit to decry the criminal behavior of Joe Barron after his arrest in 2008.


Jack Graham is not taking the bold stance that earned him praise from a few years back, though.


Why did Prestonwood report Chris Tynes to the police but not child molester John Langworthy? WFAA ran a story about that report but failed to ask anyone at Prestonwood why they reported Tynes to the police but not Langworthy. That's the most relevent question that should have been asked. It's not too late to ask it, and we hope someone in the media will. The victims deserve that.

In the few months before and few weeks since the story of Tynes appeared, some brave survivors that were sexually abused by Langworthy at Prestonwood have come forward to police in the Dallas area. We hope others will as well, to heal, pursue justice and protect other kids. Langworthy is now a convicted sex offender in Mississippi, but he is not in jail. In fact, he is living large in and around Clinton and Jackson, out and about discussing "prayer" according to one eye witness, a concerned Jackson citizen.

Langworthy publicly confessed to molesting at least one child from Jack Graham’s time at Prestonwood. That survivor came forward to Mississippi prosecutors (MS court document embedded below). It's past time Jack Graham show consistency and authenticity. Joe Barron was arrested in a sting operation. Thankfully the child he thought he was meeting was an undercover police officer in Bryan, Texas. Langworthy's victims are many and they have real names...and souls.

We urge anyone who has seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by Langworthy to call police, get help, heal and protect other kids.

In Dallas, call 214-671-4211. This is the child exploitation unit of the Dallas Police Department which has already had one victim from Prestonwood call to report.

In Mississippi, 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.

The light of truth and knowledge is our greatest tool to protect kids.


Phone call with Allen (my dad) discussing then confessed and since convicted child sex offender John Langworthy, former minister at Prestonwood Baptist Church, redacted only to protect the names of victims/possible victims. Responses by Amy Smith in bold to a few of the statements by Allen. Transcript provided by Allen, a former deacon at Prestonwood Baptist Church:





1 comment:

spiritualauthority said...

thank you, Amy, for your ministry, for your work in exposing predatory people and practices within the church. .

may the LORD bless the work of your hands. .

David