IL--Ex-Catholic school head arrested in Belleville area
For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016
The former head of a Catholic school in Louisiana has been arrested in St. Clair County IL for alleged child sex crimes against two Metro East girls.
Belleville Bishop Edward Braxton should explain to parents and the public what David H. "Dave" DeRousse was doing in his diocese. Braxton should also use church bulletins, parish websites and pulpit announcements to urge his flock to share what they may know about DeRousse with law enforcement.
No matter what school or church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches, schools or other institutions to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(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)
Former school head accused of child sexual abuse
Bonnie Bolden, firstname.lastname@example.org, CST December 20, 2016
David H. "Dave" DeRousse, 69, of West Monroe, recently was arrested in St. Clair County, Illinois.
As reported by the Belleville News-Democrat: State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said DeRousse was charged with seven felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl.
According to a news release, DeRousse “knowingly committed an act of sexual conduct” with the minors. Court records allege that . . .
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.
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