CT--Ex-CT predator priest now teaching school
For immediate release: Friday, May 6, 2016
A priest who molested kids in Hartford is now teaching school in Africa, a newspaper reports. Hartford Archbishop Leonard Blair should launch an aggressive outreach effort so the priest might be prosecuted and imprisoned.
After nearly a quarter of a century on the lam,” Fr. Arthur J. Perrault “has turned up in Morocco, working at an English-language school for children, according to the Albuquerque Journal and an Albuquerque attorney said.
Fr. Perrault left Connecticut in 1967 – to spend time at a church center for pedophile priests - and fled New Mexico in 1992. He faces allegations of sexually assaulting kids in both places and has been sued at least five times, once by Elaine Montoya of New Mexico who said he abused her more than 300 times.
We applaud both Elaine Montoya and Kenneth Wolter, who is suing Perrault now, for his courage and compassion. When victims take legal action, those who commit or conceal child sex crimes are exposed and often suspended or
We desperately hope this school fires Perrault and aggressively reaches out to anyone he hurt there.
Bishops in Connecticut and New Mexico should use church bulletins, parish websites and pulpit announcements to beg anyone with information or suspicions about Fr. Perrault to call law enforcement. We believe it’s possible he could still be charged, convicted and kept away from kids.
No matter what courts or church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Connecticut Catholic churches or institutions to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
Fr. Perrault was also a military chaplain and spent time in Canada. For years, he was thought to be living in Bali. According to the Chicago Tribune, he was once considered as a bishop candidate.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 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)
Priest on the lam found in Morocco
By Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writer - Published: Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at 11:05pm
After nearly a quarter of a century on the lam, a priest who helped ignite the clerical sex abuse crisis in New Mexico in the 1990s has turned up in Morocco, working at an English-language school for children, an Albuquerque attorney said.
Arthur Perrault, who vanished from his Albuquerque parish in 1992, was served last month with a civil lawsuit filed by a man who alleges . . .
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.
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