KY--Louisville archbishop should help in child porn case

KY--Louisville archbishop should help in child porn case

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 3

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 teacher and coach at a Louisville Catholic school is accused of possessing child pornography. We challenge Archbishop Joseph Kurtz to aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered this man’s crimes and help law enforcement more effectively prosecute him.

http://www.lex18.com/story/29225717/louisville-high-school-teacher-faces-federal-child-porn-charges

Patrick Newman, 33, was charged with engaging in unlawful online communications with a 13-year-old boy and with having child pornography.

Kurtz’ public relations staffer claims that “the Archdiocese will cooperate with the authorities." That’s not enough. Catholic officials should take the initiative to aggressively reach out to others who may have knowledge or suspicions about Newman and insist that they call law enforcement.

When Catholic officials say they’ll “cooperate with authorities,” that just means they’ll responds if they’re subpoenaed. Again, that’s not enough. Kurtz has dozens of church bulletins, parish websites, mailing lists and pulpit announcements that he could and should use to prod victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call police and prosecutors.

We hope Kurtz will show real courage, take decisive action, and break from the Catholic hierarchy’s destructive patterns of secrecy and inaction.

(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)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, bblaine@snapnetwork.org), Colleen Powell 502 479 0246, Cal Pfeiffer 502 396 7178, caljpfeiffer@aol.com

 

Louisville High School Teacher Faces Federal Child Porn Charges

A Louisville high school teacher accused of engaging in a sexually explicit online relationship with a young teen boy faces federal charges.

Federal prosecutors charged Patrick Newman, 33, with engaging in unlawful online communications with a 13-year-old boy, along with possession of child pornography. Newman teaches at Trinity High School and serves as an assistant football coach.

According to a press release sent out by  . . .

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