Police have issued warrants for Cory Dean Moses of Charlotte, who was a pastor of New Mount Zion Church on Hwy. 321 and at Redeemed Christian Ministry on Ross Cannon Street at the time of the incidents. Both churches are in York, South Carolina.
In 2003, Moses was convicted in North Carolina of taking indecent liberties with a child.At the time of the crime, he was pastor of Faith Chapel Fire Baptized Holiness Church in Gastonia. Both New Mount Zion and Faith Chapel are members of the Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas, which is headquartered in Greeneville, South Carolina. The police have not been able to obtain any contact information on this organization and Redeemed Christian Ministry refuses to discuss the matter with them.
It is obvious that these churches and organizations failed to exercise reasonable, if any, care to protect children. Either they failed to perform even the most cursory of background checks or they knew of Moses’s conviction and chose to ignore it.
It is sad to say that this could easily happen in North Carolina. North Carolina schools are not required to perform criminal background checks on potential employees. One of the rationales for not requiring such minimal checks was that requiring them would impose too much costs on the schools.
As an attorney who has represent sex abuse victims for three decades and investigated/handled many cases against teachers, I have learned that a criminal background check should just be the minimum starting point. Before anyone is hired by an educational institution, there is much more that should be done. I always investigate prior employers and the reasons for any change in employment, the number of times the teacher changed positions, legal filings and ex-spouses. You would be surprised at the number of times that an ex-spouse knew of allegations of child sexual abuse by his/her former partner.
Shouldn’t we be taking all reasonable steps to protect children in our schools, instead of setting the bar so low?
Seth H. Langson. Attorney
A Leader in Sex Abuse Litigation