Local I-Team: Mid-South church investigating sexual abuse allegations against former pastor


A MONTH … IN PROPERTY TAXES. A MEMPHIS CHURCH … SAYS IT IS INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE AGAINST A FORMER PASTOR DATING BACK TWO DECADES. WOODLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN EAST MEMPHIS … IS HIRING AN INDEPENDENT COMPANY TO INVESTIGATE THE CLAIMS OF FOUR MEN … WHO SAY THEY WERE ABUSED IN THE MID 90’S. SENIOR INVESTIGATOR JENI DIPRIZIO … TALKED TO THE CURRENT PASTOR ABOUT THIS SITUATION. JENI DIPRIZIO/REPORTING : JENI ON CAM ” THE FORMER PASTOR AT THE CENTER OF THE SEX ABUSE ALLEGATIONS LED THE CHURCH FOR 18 YEARS. WERE TOLD HE IS NO LONGER WORKING IN THE MIDSOUTH. rev. Matt Miller Woodland Presbyterian Church:” this is obviously a devastating thing for our community we are broken hearted over this . PASTOR MATT MILLER SAYS FOUR MEN CAME TO HIM…. REVEALING WHAT HAPPENED IN THE MID 90’S. MILLER SAYS HE ENCOURAGED THEM TO FILE REPORTS WITH POLICE AND THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN SERVICES. IN AN ATTEMPT TO BE AS TRANSPARENT AS POSSIBLE FAMILY AND CHURCH MEMBERS WERE NOTIFIED… OTHER MIDSOUTH CHURCHES WHERE THE FORMER PASTOR PREVIOUSLY WORKED WERE ALSO NOTIFIED. rev. matt miller/ Woodland Presbyterian Church: “we’ve communicated with all the churches this former pastor has had a connection. With to share with them the allegations to let them know we are making this announcement.” MILLER SAYS WHILE POLICE INVESTIGATE, THE CHURCH HIRED AN OUTSIDE COMPANY TO INVESTGATE – HOPING TO HELP CHURCH LEADERS UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED SO SOMETHING LIKE IT WONT HAPPEN AGAIN.. rev. matt miller/ Woodland Presbyterian Church: “we don’t know what happened but were hurting because of this and we want to support and encourage these survivors because they are going thru something really difficult.” MILLER IS ENCOURAGING ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION TO COME FORWARD. rev. matt miller/ Woodland Presbyterian Church: “If there is anyone in the community that knows anything about this we would love to get information and they can email me Matt at woodland pres. .Org Because we are wanting to understand if anyone else was involved or impacted in any way.” JENI ON CAM “NO ONE CURRENTLY ON THE CHURCH STAFF WORKED HERE WHEN THE ALLEGED ABUSE TOOK PLACE. AT THIS POINT THE FORMER PASTOR HAS NOT BEEN CRIMINALLY CHARGED WITH ANY CRIME.

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