Communications, however, from people criticizing my efforts to shine the light of truth on child sex abuse, I do not feel should be afforded the same level of confidentiality. Many times, it is these communications, that can serve to shine the light of truth even more, without the criticizing party's intent to do so. Last summer, I received an email from an anonymous source criticizing me at length for my post on a former Second Baptist Church of Houston minister, Eddie Struble, containing reports from 2 police departments detailing allegations of stalking a minor and "criminal solicitation of a child."
SNAP held a media event about 2 former Second Baptist Houston ministers in January, both accused of child sex crimes, Chad Foster and Eddie Struble.
SNAP is worried about more possible victims of two former Second Baptist ministers, both accused of crimes.The first is Chad Foster, a young minister who was sentenced in April to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to raping a 16-year-old girl in 2011 and soliciting another teen online.
The second is Eddie Struble, a music minister who faces no civil or criminal charges but is the subject of a Spring Valley police report accusing him of stalking a boy in 2009.
SNAP says that Struble abused a boy (roughly from ages 14-17) who Struble met at the church.
Struble now helps lead worship at Birchman Baptist church in Fort Worth, TX. He has also taught private voice lessons and worked as a vocal coach at Hits Theatre in Houston.
Struble plays an active role in Southern Baptist Convention events. He was the worship leader for the NACBA (National Association of Church Business Administration) National Conference Planning Team in Houston in 2012.
Last July, he led a session on “saving ministry dollars” at NACBA conference in Charlotte.
SNAP believes that church officials have a moral and civic duty, when confronted with proof or credible allegations of wrongdoing, to aggressively seek out victims, witnesses and whistleblowers and beg them to call police and prosecute so that those who commit or conceal crimes – especially against children – will be charged, convicted and jailed which prevents future crimes and cover ups.Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston
I'll highlight the most startling admission in that email:
Based on rumors and the fact that he's a terrible role model, I wouldn't let my kids be alone with him. But I can't say with any reasonable certainty that he is a predator.When it comes to kids, we believe that we should we always err on the side of caution. This week an article by Michael Reagan and Jerome Elam on Fox News highlights "The Staggering Cost of Silence: child abuse victims and stolen innocence."
The CDC estimates that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.
According to the Journal for the American Medical Association only 1 in 20 cases of child abuse are reported.Child sex abuse fact sheet
CNN highlights child abuse awareness month:
Too many parents also think strangers are the biggest threat to their children, and so if they teach their kids about stranger danger, they're protected. But 93% of the time in sexual abuse cases, the perpetrator is not a stranger but someone the child knows, according to the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center.Mandatory reporting:
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have laws and policies that specify procedures for making and responding to reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. Mandated reporters are required by most States to make an immediate report when they suspect or know of abusive or neglectful situations.Texas is a state in which it is mandatory for any citizen to report known or suspected cases of child abuse. Texas is also a state in which it is a crime for clergy to have sexual relations with a congregant.
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