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MS--Ex-Mississippi pastor sentenced for child sex crimes

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 10, 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A Baptist minister who worked in Mississippi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting to sexually abusing a 13 year old church member in Louisiana. We call on his former colleagues to aggressively seek out others who may have information or suspicions about his crimes and beg them to call law enforcement.

http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/courts/article_c65e9558-5d84-11e6-ac4e-e334e00e2d9b.html

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/08/ex-first_baptist_youth_ministe_1.html

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PA--Victims blast “reckless secrecy” of Harrisburg bishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 9, 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Harrisburg Bishop Ronald Gainer and his staff are putting kids in harm’s way by continuing to hide the names and whereabouts of predator priests. Shame on them.

After decades of pledges by Catholic officials to be “open” about clergy sex abuse and cover up cases, they still being secretive. As a result, who knows how many unsuspecting families live near or individuals work with predator priests?

About 30 US dioceses post names of proven, admitted and credibly accused predator priests on their websites. Gainer, however, refuses to take this simple, inexpensive, practical step to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth. Shame on his employees who are complicit in this reckless secrecy: Joseph Aponick, Msgr. William King and other current and former church staff.

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