Lawsuit Alleges Reverend Sexually Harassed Female Minister In St. Louis AME Church
However, after the investigation church officials found McCullough guilty of inappropriate behavior, though in connection with a different woman not named in the suit. McCullough has since left Wayman AME Church to found the Restoration House Community Church in Hazelwood.
A spokesman for the Wayman Church confirms that McCullough is no longer affiliated with it or the AME Church "in any way."
"Most denominations try to handle crimes internally, and it's an inherently flawed self serving system," says David Clohessy, executive director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, which held a protest outside Wayman Church on Thursday in support of the lawsuit.
Church officials knew, the suit says, that McCullough had sexually harassed other women in Georgia and Nebraska, including a 2004 incident in which he engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior with a minor female. According to the lawsuit, church officials refused to report their findings to law enforcement.
"This is about more than a sexual predator," says Clohessy. "It's also about a very unhealthy, self-serving church hierarchy that rallies around the accused, attacks the accuser, and deters victims, witnesses and whistleblowers from speaking up."
Clohessy says Jones reached out to SNAP three months ago with her allegations.
"The church has shown no remorse," concludes Jones' written statement. "I do believe it will happen again [and] therefore, with God on my side I believe it is essential that I take this to court."
Here's the full text of the lawsuit.
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