His name is R.L. Manaway, pastor of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. According to court documents, an adult male member of his church first charged Tim Dampier with molestation last October, but instead of going to police, Manaway called a meeting between Dampier and the alleged victim.
During that meeting according to court documents, Dampier reportedly admitted that "playful" touching occurred but denied molestation.
After he was arrested last week, investigators say Dampier finally admitted to molesting that victim and several other boys.
Mary Ellen Stone, executive director of The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, she says, "Had this been reported earlier, presumably fewer kids would have been victimized."
Stone says Manaway did nothing illegal by not reporting the alleged abuse because as a member of the clergy he's not legally compelled to do so.
Stone adds, "This may be a push and I haven't talked to anyone today about this, but this may be a push to say we need relook at the issue of mandatory reporting for clergy."
State Representative Mary Lou Dickerson says there was "push back by the clergy" when she tried to change legislation in the past.
In 2005, Dickerson introduced legislation that would have added members of the clergy to the list of mandatory reporters, but couldn't push it through.
She says, "Clergy members that they are trying to respect the interest of people who disclose to them that they are committing these crimes. They want to keep that relationship between the clergy and the person but I think a higher need is the safety of children."
Currently, 26 states require members of the clergy to report child abuse and neglect.
Dickerson says it may be time to change the law here in Washington and she plans to look into doing just that in the next legislative session.
In the meantime, advocates say talk to your children and make sure they are comfortable talking to you if they are being victimized.