Media Statements

IL--Victims blast Hastert & challenge his supporters

For immediate release: Thursday, April 14, 2016

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

We take issue with a number of claims by Denny Hastert and his lawyers. And we applaud Individual D for having the courage to speak in court about Hastert’s wrongdoing. We also applaud attorney Kristi Browne for representing a Hastert victim.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/feds-hastert-victim-sister-of-another-to-testify-at-sentencing/

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OH-- Seminarian who tried to buy baby pleads guilty

For immediate release: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Associate Midwest Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (636 433 2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com)

We’re grateful that a sexually troubled Ohio seminarian has pled guilty to child sex crimes and hope, for the safety of children, that he’s given the longest sentence possible.

We also worry there may be other kids he’s hurt and deplore how little his former church supervisors are doing to find other victims, witnesses or whistleblowers.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/04/13/seminarian-pleads-guilty-to-child-sex-charge.htm

http://krqe.com/2016/04/13/former-seminarian-pleads-guilty-to-trying-to-entice-infants/

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MO--Megachurch pastor & Cards chaplain is ousted

For immediate release: Thursday, April 14, 2016

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

The pastor of a St. Louis mega-church with six locations has been removed amid controversy. Among the allegations against him are “inappropriate relationships” with two women, that church officials claim “were not adultery.”

He’s also reportedly a chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals. He is Rev. Darrin Patrick of The Journey.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2016/april/darrin-patrick-removed-acts-29-megachurch-journey.html

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WY--Victims applaud Symphony’s move today

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We are grateful and relieved that the Wyoming Symphony won’t let an accused sexual harasser play with them. They moved quickly and appropriately in this case. We applaud their sensitivity. And we applaud the courage of the young Boston women - Erin Shyr and Maria Currie - who are exposing wrongdoing by Eric Ruske and Boston University.

http://trib.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/horn-player-scheduled-to-perform-in-casper-accused-of-sexual/article_9eb79bfd-30ab-55d4-922d-95e70dc245e5.html

It’s rewarding to see that a wrongdoer can’t escape consequences just by going somewhere else.

Those who respond poorly to reports of sexual harassment should be punished. Those who respond promptly and properly should be rewarded. So we encourage Wyoming residents to attend the symphony this weekend and in the future. Non-profits that act responsibly in cases of sexual harassment or abuse deserve our support.

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WY--Musician accused of abuse; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, April 13, 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 Wyoming symphony musician is being sued in Massachusetts for reportedly sexually harassing two young women. We hope he’s suspended until this case is resolved.

http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2016/04/read_the_complaint_filed_by_mu.html

Eric Ruske was named in a civil lawsuit filed yesterday by a veteran attorney who has represented hundreds of victims of sexual violence.

He is set to perform this weekend. http://www.wyomingsymphony.org/

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OR--Victims sues church for child sex abuse’ Group responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 12, 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)

We applaud the brave Oregon man who is suing the First Assembly of God officials for committing and concealing child sex crimes. Civil lawsuits often seem to be the only way to expose “enablers,” the employees who ignored or hid knowledge of or suspicions about horrific abuse of kids. And these suits perform a valuable public service by deterring other supervisors and colleagues who may be tempted to turn a blind eye to abuse or worse, help keep it under wraps.

The case is W.J. v. First Assembly of God of Albanyet al., filed today in Multnomah County (Circuit Ct. Case No. 16CV11965). It’s being handled by Portland attorneys Gilion Dumas (503-952-6789gilion@dumaslawgroup.com) and Ashley Vaughn (931-206-0090ashley@dumaslawgroup.com).

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FL--Victims urge Orlando bishop to act on abuser

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 12, 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 predator priest from the Altoona Pennsylvania area identified last month in a grand jury report now lives in Orlando. We urge Orlando Bishop John Noonan to aggressively seek out anyone in Florida who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.

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AR--Priest in clergy sex case is getting new parish

For immediate release: Monday, April 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,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

An Arkansas priest once suspended after child sex crimes were reported is getting a new parish. We worry about this move and about Arkansas Bishop Anthony Taylor’s continuing secrecy about clergy sex crimes, sexual misconduct and cover ups.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2011/07_08/2011_07_11_Taylor_BishopResponds.htm

As best we can tell, besides just one notice in 2011, Bishop Taylor has never updated parishioners or the public about Fr. Ruben Quinteros who was temporarily taken off the job and “threatened” after a man reported that a priest had molested his child.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2011/07_08/2011_07_11_Taylor_BishopResponds.htm

Now, Fr. Quinteros is being sent to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in North Little Rock. http://www.arkansas-catholic.org/news/article/4647/Leadership-changes-coming-to-parishes-diocesan-offices#.dpuf

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SD--Victims want bishop to help on abuse

For immediate release: Monday, April 11, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314) 566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Barbara Dorris (314) 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

Victims urge bishop to act on abuse

Group wants “outreach” about SD predator

He was just sued for child sex crimes in Texas

But he’s an SD native and worked here too

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging South Dakota Catholic officials to “aggressively reach out” to victims of a recently-sued predator priest. 

Last month, Fr. Milton “Milty” Eggerling was accused for the first time in Texas sex abuse and cover-up lawsuit. In it, the victim charges that Eggerling lured him with special treatment, gifts of money, and outings before sexually abusing him. The abuse, which took place in the 1970s, began when the boy was 11 years old.

The lawsuit also says that Austin, Texas, church officials—including the bishop—knew or should have known about the abuse and did little to nothing to stop it.  http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/crime-law/lawsuit-filed-against-austin-catholic-diocese-over/nqjjG/

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IN--Victims want priest disciplined for defending accused molester

For immediate release: Monday, April 11, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy 314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.comBarbara Dorris 314 503 0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

Notre Dame prof publicly discounts abuse allegations

Survivors urge his superior to denounce “this hurtful move”

University head should discipline the cleric, support group says

SNAP: “President should also use this opportunity to educate the rest of his staff

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PA--Victims urge US Attny: No consent decree with church

For immediate release: Saturday, April 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)

We urge a US attorney to NOT enter into any “consent decrees” with church officials and we applaud him for considering RICO charges against them.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/feds-seek-racketeering-suit-clergy-abuse-diocese-38118342

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IN--Priest’s damning suicide note is revealed; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, April 8, 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 suicide note strongly suggests that a high profile accused predator priest who worked at Notre Dame is guilty of child sex crimes.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3530285/The-final-insult-child-molester-Catholic-priest-committed-suicide-evade-justice-said-gift-victims-life-serving-others.html

http://www.snapnetwork.org/in_accused_notre_dame_predator_priest_commits_suicide_victims_respond

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