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Texas authorities announced that no charges would be filed against pastor Andy Savage for his 1998 sexual assault against a teenage girl, outraging his critics.
The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office in Texas released a statement Wednesday night explaining that the statute of limitations for Savage’s sexual assault against Jules Woodson had passed and that they could not pursue any legal means against Savage. The DA’s office released the statement in response to inquiries from Woodson, who called the Montgomery County Sheriff’s department Jan. 8 to report the crime nearly 20 years after Savage admitted his guilt and allegedly sought her and her family’s forgiveness.
Attorneys - Law - Statute - Limitations - Statute
“[Attorneys] researched the law that would have applied in 1998 for the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations has passed and no charges would be able to be filed. Using the current statute we would have some possible options but we are limited to the law as it was at the time of the offense in 1998. As a result we are unable to investigate and seek justice to the full extent of what would we normally would in such a case,” the statement from the DA’s office read.
While Woodson cannot pursue legal retribution against Savage, more than 2,550 people have called for Savage’s resignation or firing from his position as teaching pastor of Highpoint Church by signing a petition on Change.org. Lead Pastor Chris Conlee published a statement on the church’s website shortly after the story of Savage’s sexual assault went viral, saying that he and the church will stand by Savage as he has displayed admirable character during his tenure in Highpoint Church’s ministry.
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