FL- Predator priest dies
For immediate release: Tuesday, September 09, 2014
A credibly accused predator priest who lived in Ft. Myers has passed away. He is Fr Marshall Larriviere, who allegedly molested at least two kids in Louisiana.
His passing on Aug. 27 was disclosed Sunday by a Louisiana newspaper.
In 2003, Fr. Larriviere was accused in a lawsuit of molesting a girl in the 1960s. Later, another girl joined the lawsuit. In 2008 the Lafayette Louisiana Catholic diocese quietly settled with the two victims for an undisclosed amount. He was “outed” in Florida in March.
Whether a predator priest has been defrocked, suspended, is 'AWOL,' and no matter whose payroll he is or was on, bishops must use their resources to protect kids and alert parents about predators through church websites, parish bulletins and pulpit announcements. They should also announce when a predator priest has died.
We hope that everyone who saw, suspected, or suffered clergy sex crimes in Ft. Myers -whether by Fr. Larriviere or other clerics - will call police, expose wrongdoers, protect kids 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)
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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