ME - SNAP blasts sheriff who warned predator about investigation
Penobscot County Sheriff Glen Ross put his friendship with Fr. Robert Carlson, an admitted child predator, over the needs of victims by warning him of an ongoing investigation.
“I did it not to warn him, but to prevent his access into the jail," Ross said. "You cannot fault somebody for trying to make sure they've protected their inmates and their agencies. That's my job as a sheriff."
“It boggles the mind that Ross would try to claim he was putting the safety of adult prisoners over the safety of innocent children” said Robert Gossart, SNAP Maine leader. After getting the sheriff's warning, who knows how many victims Carlson may have intimidated, how many witnesses he might have threatened, how many whistleblowers he may have discredited, how much evidence he may have destroyed?
Carlson took his own life after being warned by Ross. SNAP hopes that Bishop Richard Malone will use his considerable resources, diocesan newspaper, website, church bulletins and pulpits, to reach out to anyone who may have been hurt by Carlson.
SNAP believes Ross should resign for the using his position to warn a predator about an ongoing investigation. “No victim of child sexual abuse will feel safe reporting crimes to this man” said David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP. “he has destroyed his credibility and can no longer function as a law enforcement officer.”
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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.