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IL-- Ex-Chicago priest arrested on sex charge

immediate release: Thursday, June 25

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

An Orthodox pastor has just been arrested on a sex charge involving a teenager. Now, it’s time for his former church colleagues and supervisors in Chicago to take action.

http://www.wfmj.com/story/29390060/pastor-accused-of-fondling-man-in-boardman-restaurant

http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/jun/24/youngstown-pastor-faces-charge-of-sexual/

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TN--Judge rules in Baptist child sex case

For immediate release: Thursday, June 25, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org,

Judge rules in Baptist child sex case

Group deplores secrecy by church officials

SNAP: Pastor “changed his tune” about abuse

Victims think he should be investigated & charged

Preacher “clearly filed false police report,” self-help organization says

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VA--Ex-Richmond pastor found guilty of child sex crimes in Texas

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 24

Statement by Becky Ianni of Burke VA, DC area director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703 801 6044, SNAPvirginia@cox.net)

A jury has found a Richmond pastor guilty on seven counts of child sexual abuse.

The former pastor of Richmond Outreach Center, Geronimo Aguilar (a.k.a. Pastor G) was convicted by a Texas jury this afternoon. We applaud this verdict and hope it brings some comfort to Aguilar’s victims.

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MN--Victims applaud ruling on predator priest

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 24

Statement by Frank Meuers, Minnesota SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

We applaud Minnesota’s highest court for re-instating the conviction of a predator priest. Now, it’s up to the new head of the Twin Cities archdiocese to seek out and help others hurt by this criminal.

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_28373255/st-paul-priests-sex-misconduct-conviction-reinstated

http://www.mncourts.gov/opinions/sc/current/OPA120263-062415.pdf

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OH--Orthodox pastor has just been arrested on a sex charge

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 24

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

An Orthodox pastor has just been arrested on a sex charge involving a teenager. Now, it’s time for his church colleagues and supervisors to take action.

http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/jun/24/youngstown-pastor-faces-charge-of-sexual/

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IL--Notorious predator passes; He worked in Joliet

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 23

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

One of the nation’s most prolific predator priests – who worked in Joliet - has passed away and a victims’ group wants Catholic officials to “aggressively seek out and help” others who the priest assaulted.

http://qctimes.com/news/local/obituaries/james-janssen/article_81644cf9-ff7f-50ab-87a9-ea7709fe1fd9.html

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PA--Victims blast new Paterno beer

For immediate release: Monday, June 22, 2015

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

We’re dismayed that a new beer will be named after Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/06/joe_paterno_getting_beer_named.html

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IA--Notorious Iowa predator priest passes

For immediate release: Monday, June 22

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

One of Iowa’s most prolific predator priests has passed away and a victims’ group wants Davenport Catholic officials to “aggressively seek out and help” others who the priest assaulted.

http://qctimes.com/news/local/obituaries/james-janssen/article_81644cf9-ff7f-50ab-87a9-ea7709fe1fd9.html

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RI--Priest who abused in ND hurt 100s, panel is told

For immediate release: Monday, June 22

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

A priest who molested Rhode Island kids, who “abused hundreds of children over decades” and should have never been ordained, a Northern Ireland government panel.

The testimony comes as part of a week-long inquiry into “what opportunities there were to (stop the priest’s abuse) of children and whether any action, or inaction, amounted to systemic failings.”   

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OK-- Victims urge church group to act in Oklahoma sex case

For immediate release: Friday, June 19

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

We’re glad an Oklahoma child molester has been convicted but now his church colleagues must aggressively seek out others who saw, suspected, suffered or concealed his crimes.

http://www.enidnews.com/news/jury-convicts-oklahoma-man-of-abusing-children-at-kenyan-orphanage/article_408f02d6-16aa-11e5-b4f9-1f67e6307063.html

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AL--Victims blast Catholic officials for “secrecy obsession”

For immediate release: Friday, June 19

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Shame on Mobile Archbishop Thomas Rodi for spending parishioners’ donations to keep secrets about an accused predator priest.

http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2015/06/mobile_archdiocese_again_tries.html    

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HI--Hawai'i bishop does funeral for accused predator in hiding, Victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director, (949) 322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com

A Catholic bishop recently led a funeral for an accused predator priest who was hiding in another country.

We just learned that Fr. Anthony Bolger, a priest who is publicly accused of sexually abusing a child in Hawai'i, died months ago while in hiding in Tijuana, Mexico.

http://www.hawaiicatholicherald.com/2015/01/30/obituary-father-anthony-bolger-1943-2015/

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