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WV--SNAP responds: Former WJ coach charged with sex crimes

For immediate release: Friday, Feb 19, 2016

Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511SNAPJudy@gmail.com

A former assistant coach at Wheeling Jesuit University and YMCA counselor has been charged of sex crimes against a minor  We hope that

--anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes will call law enforcement immediately, 

--officials at the YMCA and at Wheeling Jesuit – along with Bishop Michael J. Bransfield - will aggressively seek out other possible victims, witnesses and whistleblowers.

Maqsood Harrington is accused of sex crimes against a 17-year-old girl at the YMCA,  We fear he may have hurt others at Wheeling Jesuit and St. Clairsville High School.

http://wtov9.com/news/local/former-ymca-counselor-accused-of-sex-abuse

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Rome--Victims urge pope to suspend Pell

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 19

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Orange County, California, SNAP western regional director (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

Over a year, more than a dozen cops and say they’ve found five or ten alleged victims of Pope Francis’ top aide. That’s pretty credible and serious. For the safety of kids, the pontiff should suspend Cardinal George Pell.    

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Rome--Victim of just-restored convicted perp priest blasts Francis

For immediate release: Friday, February 19

Statement by Megan Peterson, abused by Fr. Jeyapaul in MN, survivor19@live.com, 218 684 0073

Yesterday, Pope Francis added insult to injury when he said a bishop who transfers a predator should resign and asked "Is that clear?" Just days ago, the Vatican lifted the suspension of my perpetrator, even though he was pled guilty to child sex crimes. So, no, Francis, you are NOT clear. Your words do not match your actions.  

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Rome--Pope says complicit bishops should resign

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)

Today, again, Francis says one thing and does the opposite. Bishops who move predator priests should resign, he told reporters. But just days ago, the AP reported that Vatican officials have lifted the suspension of a convicted predator priest. How does Francis reconcile his words and deeds? How can he justify such recklessness and callousness?   

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NJ--Victims want arrested cleric put in treatment center

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 18, 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 New Jersey Catholic cleric has been charged with having and watching child porn. We hope that

--anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes will call law enforcement immediately,

--students and staff at St. Joseph's High School in Metuchen – along with Metuchen Bishop Paul Bootkoski - will aggressively see out other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers, and

--the cleric’s supervisors will put him in a remote, secure, independent treatment center so he’ll get therapy and be kept away from kids.

http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2016/02/catholic_high_school_priest_charged_with_child_por.html

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Canada--Deaf victims of pedophile priests settle abuse suits; SNAP responds

For immediate release Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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

About 60 former students of the Montreal Institute for the Deaf have settled their child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against a Catholic group called the Clerics de St. Viateur.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/deaf-students-abused-by-priests-at-clercs-de-st-viateur-win-record-30-million-settlement

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MI-- College finds priest sexually harassed teenager

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 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)

A Central Michigan University investigation has found that a priest “engaged in sexual harassment” of a teenager who he had counseled and hired.

http://www.cm-life.com/article/2016/02/priest-investigation

http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2016/02/report_lawsuit_filed_against_n.html

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TX--Victims disappointed in Dallas Catholic bishop’s promotion

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 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 assistant Dallas bishop has been picked to head the Lafayette Louisiana diocese (where more than 30 years ago, Fr. Gilbert Gauthe became the first pedophile priest in the US made national headlines.) We think this is another irresponsible move by Vatican officials.

Auxiliary Bishop Douglas Deshotel has been in the “inner circle” in the Dallas diocese for years. He’s also been on the priest personnel board and the ‘review board’ that looks at clergy sex abuse reports. We have seen no evidence, however, that he has done anything noteworthy to protect kids and deter cover ups by exposing those who commit or conceal heinous crimes against children. So we are disappointed in Deshotel’s promotion.

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LA--New bishop tapped; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 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 new bishop has been picked to head the Lafayette Louisiana diocese (where more than 30 years ago, Fr. Gilbert Gauthe became the first pedophile priest in the US made national headlines.) We think this is another irresponsible move by Vatican officials.

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Vatican--Victims agree with Vatican on a key fact

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

Statement by Joelle Casteix of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 949 322 7434jcasteix@gmail.com

We agree with the Vatican on one key fact: the recent disclosure that new bishops are told they need not call police about abuse reports is nothing new.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/16/vatican-riven-by-internal-battle-over-handling-of-child-abuse-claims

(Exact language: “The Vatican has emphasized that Anatrella’s involvement in the teaching of new bishops did not represent a departure on policy,” according to the Guardian.)

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PA--Minister accused of abuse is now being investigated in NC

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

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

A Bedford Pennsylvania minister who is accused of molesting at least three boys is now being investigated for perhaps abusing a child in North Carolina.

http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20160206/NEWS/160209461

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MI--Kalamazoo predator priest passes; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

Statement by Judy Jones, Midwest Associate Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priest 636-433-2511SNAPJudy@gmail.com

Kalamazoo Catholic officials kept silent for weeks about the passing of an accused predator priest and made no mention of his alleged crimes in the very short obituary published in the diocesan newspaper.

In 1985, Fr. Carl Anthony Peltz was accused of forcing a 12 year old to drink whiskey and raping him.

In 1991, Fr. Peltz was sent to a treatment center for predator priests in Missouri.

In 1993, diocesan officials reached a $25,000 settlement with the alleged victim.

In 1997, Fr. Peltz was transferred to the Kalamazoo Diocese where he worked as recently as 2009 in at least eight towns (Parchment, Delton, Lacey, Berrien Springs, Decatur, Buchanan, Portage and Niles).
www.BishopAccountability.org 

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