FL- Man accused of producing child porn was Boy Scout volunteer

FL- Man accused of producing child porn was Boy Scout volunteer

For immediate release: Friday, July 18, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

A Florida man who has been charged with producing and distributing child porn has links to the Boy Scouts, a church and an elementary school. We are deeply concerned about the possible number of victims suffering in silence and self-blame. 

Matthew Graziotti was a volunteer scout leader, a volunteer working with children at Edgewater Church and a 5th grade teacher at Warner Christian Academy. We urge officials at all three of these organizations to immediately reach out to all current and former members/students and beg anyone who saw, suspects, or suffered child sex crimes to come forward and report to police. They should also review their child protection policies and make any necessary changes to ensure children are kept safe. 

We hope anyone who was hurt by Graziotti will find the courage to come forward, call police and start healing.

(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 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) 

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

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