Media Statements and Events

NV--Credibly accused predator priest is now in Las Vegas

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,, Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003 cell,

Predator priest from Michigan is now in NV

Earlier this year, Catholic officials disclosed allegation

They deemed child sex report involving girl “credible

She now wants Las Vegas/Reno church staff to “warn others

Retired cleric, now married, owns considerable property here

Victims group writes to two bishops: “Protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded

A few months ago, Catholic officials in Michigan admitted that one of their former priests, who now lives in Henderson NV, likely molested a girl years ago. His victim and a support group are now calling on Nevada’s bishops to warn the public about him.

In March, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron disclosed that his staff had deemed “credible” a child sex abuse report against Fr. Richard R. Lauinger.  They also admit that they’ve kept secret about abuse charges made by two other women for 14 years.

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VA--Just “outed” predator priest worked in VA

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,

A priest accused of abusing in Virginia has been “outed” as an alleged predator in Pennsylvania this week. We call on Richmond Catholic officials and parishioners to aggressively reach out to anyone who may have been hurt by the cleric.

An investigation by the York PA Daily Record found that “(Fr.) John Bostwick III was accused in 1996 of abuse that allegedly took place from 1980-82. . . The Harrisburg diocese said it contacted the Diocese of Richmond (Va.), where Bostwick was in 1996, and he was removed from ministry.”

As best we in SNAP can tell, the allegations against Fr. Bostwick have never been publicly disclosed in Virginia and they were revealed only one other time, in 1996 in Louisiana:

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