CA- New clergy abuse and cover up suit regarding a Los Angeles priest
For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
A priest who was accused of molesting in Los Angeles was quietly sent out of state where he molested again. And when he admitting abusing in Oregon, the cleric was quietly sent out of state again. Those allegations have surfaced in a new civil lawsuit against the Baker Oregon Catholic diocese.
This is another in a seemingly endless string of heartbreakingly clear cases of deceit and recklessness by Catholic officials. Fr. Luis Jaramillo admitted to his Capuchin supervisors that he sexually assaulted a boy. But he was sent with no warning to dioceses in Mexico and Argentina. And Catholic officials intimidated and guilt-tripped the victim's parents into staying silent.
Shame on every single Catholic official involved.
We hope anyone who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Jaramillo's crimes – in California, Oregon, New Mexico, Mexico or Argentina – will find the courage to speak up, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 18,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
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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