KY- Louisville priest found guilty of abusing at least two boys
For immediate release: 4/16
We are grateful that James Schook, a former priest, has been found guilty of sexually abusing at least two boys. However, we are worried that he may receive a light sentence.
We are especially grateful to the brave victims and their families. Their courage to speak up and their wisdom to seek justice have been heroic and will protect more kids. Because of their compassion and determination, this dangerous predator will always be publicly known as a child molester.
We hope Schook will be spending a long time behind bars away from innocent children.
Schook was removed in 2009 following allegations that he abused a minor. The following year he was permanently removed after the church found the allegations credible. He was formally charged by police in 2011.
It’s crucial that the justice system has accurate information about Schook and his crimes so that he can be appropriately sentenced. So it’s important that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes must come forward to prosecutors. It is not too late.
Church officials should reach out to any other possible victims or witnesses. We have a simple message to every current and former Catholic church employee and member: It’s never too late to share what you know or suspect with law enforcement officials. It’s up to us to pass on information. And it’s up to police and prosecutors to determine what will help them further prosecute or imprison this criminal or other criminals.
His photos and work history are here:
His last assignment was at St. Ignatius.
(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 15,000 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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