A Morgan County judge has sentenced William Bruce McDaniel, a former minister, to five years in jail after he pleaded guilty to Child Molesting charges. This was not McDaniel’s first time facing a judge for sexual abuse a child. In fact, this is the second time that McDaniel has been arrested and charged with Child Molesting.
In the present case, a young girl came forward to report that McDaniel sexually abused her multiple times in his home between 2013 and 2017. Additionally, the young girl reported to authorities that McDaniel’s wife, Peggy, walked in on them while McDaniel was touching her genitalia. Accordingly, the Morgan County Prosecutor’s office charged Peggy McDaniel with Failure to Make Report as she did not report the abuse she observed to authorities. Peggy was sentenced to 60 days in jail for failing to report the crime.
Sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy and trusted advisors within the church community can happen in any faith. Shame, fear, and guilt mixed with religion can be a potent force that intimidates and prevents survivors from speaking up about sexual abuse. It is important to encourage survivors to report abuse so they can get help dealing with the trauma that is often suffered.
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