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Salisbury, MD - Three New Dimensions Church Staffers Facing Multiple Child Sexual Abuse Charges Following Child Advocacy Center Investigation

Salisbury, MD - Three New Dimensions Church Staffers Facing Multiple Child Sexual Abuse Charges Following Child Advocacy Center Investigation
Published: April 10, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on April 10, 2024

Three Men Arrested for Child Sexual Abuse at Local PA Church

The Wicomico Child Advocacy Center has made a significant breakthrough in an ongoing investigation, leading to the arrest of three men on various charges, including rape, sexual abuse of a minor, indecent exposure, and more, according to WBOC. The arrests come after a meticulous inquiry conducted by the Advocacy Center, shedding light on a deeply distressing case of child abuse.

According to officials at the Child Advocacy Center, all three men had affiliations with a local church, New Dimensions Family Ministries, located 1907 Jersey Rd, Salisbury, MD 21801. Their positions at the church granted them access to children in that capacity. This revelation has sent shockwaves through the community, raising concerns about child safety within religious institutions.

The investigation, which commenced in November 2023, focused on Jessie Lee Scott and Major Leslie Purnell Sr., following allegations of sexual abuse involving a child. The Child Advocacy Center's rigorous examination uncovered evidence that Scott and Purnell had subjected the young victim to sexual abuse over an extended period of time. On February 26th, 2024, both men were indicted by a Wicomico County Grand Jury on a litany of charges, including first and second-degree rape, sexual abuse of a minor, multiple sexual offenses, sexual solicitation of a minor, indecent exposure, and assault. Court records indicate that both individuals face more than twenty charges each.

The Advocacy Center's relentless pursuit of justice did not end with Scott and Purnell. Further investigation revealed the existence of another victim who had experienced sexual abuse. This victim identified Alonzo Leon Parker Jr., described as a "church administrator" and "second in command," as the perpetrator. Parker was apprehended on April 4th, and he now faces charges that include child abuse, multiple counts of sexual offense in the third and fourth degrees, multiple counts of second-degree assault, perverted practice, and sodomy.

Shockingly, court documents obtained by WBOC contain testimonies from witnesses who were made aware of the abuse when the victim was just 15 to 16 years old. The distressing nature of this case raises concerns about the potential existence of more victims.

Wicomico County State's Attorney Jamie Dykes expressed her apprehension, stating, "Multiple victims have already been identified; however, in my experience, there always are more victims." Dykes is urging anyone who may have been a victim of abuse to come forward, emphasizing that they will not be alone in seeking justice.

The three arrested individuals were all associated with New Dimension Family Ministries on Jersey Road in Salisbury, where they regularly interacted with minors. Given the indications of institutional abuse, Dykes confirmed that the investigation is actively searching for additional suspects.

At present, Scott and Purnell are being held at the Wicomico Detention Center, while Parker has been released after posting a bond of $25,000.

Authorities are appealing to the public for any information that could assist in this investigation. If you have any relevant details, please contact the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office at 410-548-4898.

This distressing case serves as a stark reminder of the importance of vigilance when it comes to safeguarding the well-being of children, particularly within trusted organizations. The Wicomico Child Advocacy Center remains committed to uncovering the truth and ensuring the safety of all vulnerable individuals.

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Maryland Church Abuse Lawyer Discusses Rights for Victims

In a recent interview, experienced Maryland church abuse lawyer, Aaron Blank, Esq., provided invaluable guidance on the legal rights available to victims of church staff sexual abuse. With a focus on empowering survivors and holding accountable those responsible, this interview revealed the necessary steps victims can take to seek justice. Gain crucial insights from an experienced church abuse lawyer in navigating the complex landscape of church abuse cases.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Thank you for joining us, Mr. Blank.

Aaron Blank, Esq. (AB): Thank you for having me, Darla. It's important to raise awareness about this sensitive issue.

DM: Absolutely. Could you go into detail on the legal rights of individuals who have been sexually abused by church staff members?

AB: Certainly, Darla. Victims of church staff sexual abuse have legal recourse to seek justice and hold negligent parties accountable. They can pursue civil claims against the church, staff members involved, and potentially other responsible entities. It's important to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in church abuse cases to understand the options available in their specific situation.

DM: What legal steps should victims take to protect their rights and seek compensation?

AB: Victims should prioritize their well-being first and foremost. Seeking professional help, such as counseling or therapy, can be essential in the healing process. It's also crucial to report the abuse to law enforcement and document any evidence or details related to the incident. Victims should then consult with an attorney who can guide them through the legal process, ensuring their rights are protected and pursuing compensation on their behalf.

DM: Are there any challenges victims may encounter when pursuing legal action against a church for sexual abuse?

AB: Unfortunately, there can be various challenges in these cases. The legal landscape surrounding church abuse is complex, involving considerations such as statutes of limitations and the identification of liable parties. Additionally, victims might face emotional hurdles and fear of retaliation. However, with the right legal representation, victims can navigate these challenges and work towards their pursuit of justice.

DM: Thank you, Mr. Blank, for sharing this with us.

AB: It was my pleasure, Darla. I hope our conversation helps raise awareness and empowers victims to take the necessary steps towards healing and holding accountable those responsible for their suffering.

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