FL--Naples priest accused of child sex abuse
For immediate release: Thursday, March 12
A Naples priest is accused of molesting a child. We urge Naples’ bishop to visit his parish this weekend begging anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by him to call police.
Fr. Leo P. Riley is listed in the 2014 Official Catholic Directory as working at St. Peter the Apostle church in Naples FL in the Venice diocese.
Dubuque Iowa Archbishop Michael O. Jackels (563-556-2580) announced the accusation against Fr. Riley, stemming from a previous assignment in that archdiocese.
On 10 December 2014, an accusation of sexual abuse of a minor was made against Father Leo Riley, alleged to have taken place in 1985, when he was assigned as an associate pastor at Resurrection Parish in Dubuque.
Iowa Catholic official are urging anyone with information or suspicions about Fr. Riley to call them. That’s wrong. Victims, witnesses and whistleblowers – in Iowa or Florida – should call police and prosecutors, not church officials. Child sex crimes should be reported to the independent, unbiased professionals in law enforcement, not to self-serving, biased church bureaucrats.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 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)
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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