AR - Victims applaud jailing of predator
For immediate release: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
For more information: Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
Victims applaud jailing of predator
And they urge judge to harshly sentence her
Today, another ex-Catholic school teacher is in court
She allegedly helped keep child sex crimes against girl hidden
A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is praising a Little Rock judge for jailing an admitted child molesting Catholic school teacher who violated her parole by repeatedly contacting her victim.
Judge Barry Sims is holding Kelly O'Rourke behind bars from now until her sentencing hearing on October 28. In January 2013, O'Rourke pled guilty to sexually abusing a Mt. St. Mary's student. O'Rourke taught at the school.
Today, the same judge will hear a case against Kathy Griffin, another Mt. St. Mary teacher who is accused of failing to report known or suspected abuse to authorities.
Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are again calling on Arkansas' Catholic bishop Anthony Basil Taylor to reach out to anyone else who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by the two teachers or any other Catholic employee in the state.
"We are grateful to every person who helped put O'Rourke behind bars" said Barbara Dorris of SNAP "and we're disappointed that officials at the Little Rock Catholic diocese and at MSM have chosen to do little or nothing to help police or prosecutors
"We believe both teachers could - and should - likely be charged with even more crimes," said David Clohessy of SNAP. "But that will only happen if others with information or suspicions about them will find the courage to step forward."
SNAP, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse with support groups in over 60 cities nationwide.
See letter sent to Bishop Taylor posted here: http://www.snapnetwork.org/letter_to_bishop_taylor
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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