Inola Pastor Accused of Sexually Abusing 3 Children
Attorney Commentary: In the second section of this article, clergy abuse lawyer Brian Kent will discuss the legal rights of victims of sexual abuse by church leaders.
A pastor at the Cowboy Gatherin’ Church in Inola has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing at least 3 children.
55-year-old Roy Shoop was arrested by Rogers County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday, May 20. He has been charged with two counts of rape by instrumentation and six counts of lewd and indecent proposals to a minor.
The sheriff’s office started investigating Shoop after receiving a report from the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies eventually found three children who accused Shoop of molesting or raping them at his home.
The three alleged victims are all girls under the age of 16 and none of them know each other, but tell very similar stories, according to the sheriff’s office.
The police believe Shoop likely has other victims. Anyone with information or who believes they were a victim is asked to call the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office at (918) 342-9700.
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Legal Rights of Church Sex Abuse Victims
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Brian has offered to share some of his knowledge on the legal rights of church sex abuse victims:
Sexual predators often place themselves in positions of trust, where they exploit this trust in order to commit heinous crimes against innocent victims. We regularly see this in religious organizations, as leaders within a variety of religions and denominations have been charged with sexually abusing children within their congregations.
Religious organizations must do everything they can to prevent sexual abuse by clergy members. In some church sex abuse cases, the abuse only happened because of negligence by the organization – such as ignoring past complaints of sexual misconduct involving the clergy member who was arrested on sex abuse charges. In cases of negligence, clergy sex abuse victims may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by a religious leader, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victim lawyers.
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