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Mohler family will not be prosecuted for sex abuse allegations

Mohler family will not be prosecuted for sex abuse allegations

Mohler familyBack in November 2009, three of a family of six men accused of sexual crimes against children in Lafayette County, Missouri, were suspended as lay ministers by the Community of Christ church.  The six were jailed and felony charges were issued for forcible sodomy, rape with a child younger than 12 and use of a child in a sexual performance.

The Mohler family members will not be brought to trial.

A prosecutor said yesterday that she was dropping all charges against five men accused of sexually molesting young relatives on a U.S. farm more than 20 years ago, saying she doubted she could convince a jury that the bizarre claims were true.

The father, an ordained minister, was accused of conducting weddings in which young girls were married to older relatives so that they could have sex.

Two of the men spent more than two years behind bars before being freed on bond in recent weeks.  74-year-old Darryl Mohler, who faced charges, died in his sleep at home.


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  • Judy Jones

    This is horrific news. These brave victims deserve to have their day in court. Just because the prosecutor has dismissed all of the charges, does not mean the abuse did not happen.

    Hopefully anyone, who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by any of the Mohlers, will have the courage to speak up and report it to police.

    When victims stay silent, nothing changes. But when victims find the courage to take action, there's at least a chance healing, justice, and protecting others.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511
    "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" and all clergy.

    (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
    SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 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 and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

  • zzzzz

    Sick.

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