MA- Catholic official fired for inappropriate texts, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Friday, June 13, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A Catholic school official has been fired for sending inappropriate texts to students. We hope that school officials acted promptly and that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes will call police right away.
James Cerbo was the assistant athletic director at Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury. According to news reports, school officials sent letters to parents and notified secular authorities. We hope this was done immediately when Cerbo’s inappropriate behavior was first known or suspected.
We beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes or inappropriate contact from Cerbo to call law enforcement - not church or school staff - so that other kids might be spared the horror of child sexual crimes and so that Cerbo might be successfully prosecuted and kept away from children.
(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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