Media Statements

MO--More action needed re coach who taped girls

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 2

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)

A former teacher and high school cross-country coach was sentenced in an East St. Louis courtroom today to for hiding cameras to catch members of his girls' team undressed in Fairview Heights and Pontoon Beach and elsewhere in Illinois. But more should be done about his crimes.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/illinois-high-school-coach-gets-years-in-prison-for-taping/article_f78f2c58-ce8e-5b1e-be31-1d24be196032.html   

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MO--Another predator priest is exposed

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Another predator priest is exposed

He worked in three area Catholic dioceses

Cleric was in Belleville, Springfield MO & Springfield IL

Church investigation into his alleged crimes is re-opened

Sex abuse victims to bishops: “How many others are you hiding?”

For at least ten years, a priest quietly lived and worked in two Illinois dioceses and one in Missouri. Last week, Catholic officials disclosed that they are re-opening an investigation into accusations that he sexually abusing a boy and a girl in South Dakota.   

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SD--Three MN predator priests worked in SD

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Three MN predator priests worked in SD

Sex abuse victims seek help from Catholic officials

SNAP to bishops: “Seek out others who were hurt

Clergy sex abuse victims are urging two Catholic bishops to “aggressively reach out” to victims of three predator priests who worked in South Dakota and have been exposed recently in Minnesota.  

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TX--Victims express doubts about new Austin bishop

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)

We’re worried about Austin’s new Catholic auxiliary bishop and how he’ll deal with the church’s on-going clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis.

http://www.usccb.org/news/2015/15-012e.cfm

http://www.kvue.com/story/news/local/2015/01/21/austin-diocese-appoints-auxiliary-bishop/22104163/

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/fbc3e1fe24624dd69dfd9a7254788a93/TX--Austin-Diocese-Auxiliary-Bishop   

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MA--Victims blast Boston parishioners & archbishop in Revere case

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)

We are deeply saddened by the Revere Catholics who feel Boston church officials have erred in letting three staffers resign because they refused to call 911 when they suspected child sex crimes. They are wrong to minimize the harm such refusals cause.

http://www.reverejournal.com/2015/01/30/ic-community-demands-meeting-with-omalley-on-churchs-overreaction/#   

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AR--Child sex abuse case vs. priest settles

For immediate release: Saturday, Jan. 30

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)

A woman who says she was sexually abused as a child by an Arkansas priest has settled her child sex abuse and cover up suit. We applaud her and her family for their courage and beg Arkansas Catholic officials – especially Little Rock Bishop Anthony Taylor - to “come clean” about child molesting clerics. And we condemn the harsh words of a Subiaco Catholic official whose cruelty is rubbing even more salt into the deep wounds of this brave family.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article8830559.html   

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Rome--Vatican admits 2 child porn cases in Vatican itself

For immediate release: Saturday, Jan. 31

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

For at least a month-and more likely several months-top Catholic officials have kept silent about a child porn case in the Vatican itself, again showing that secrecy is still the norm in clergy sex cases.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/31/us-vatican-childpornography-idUSKBN0L40H020150131   

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TX--Texas priest exposed as predator for first time

For immediate release: Saturday, Jan. 30

Statement by Amy Smith, SNAP Dallas Director (281-748-4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com)

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)

A woman who says she was sexually abused as a child by a Texas priest has settled her child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit. We applaud her and her family for their courage and beg Texas Catholic officials – especially Ft. Worth Bishop Michael Olson - to “come clean” about child molesting clerics.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article8830559.html   

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NJ--Predator priest gets probation

For immediate release: Friday, Jan. 30

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)

We are sad that Fr. Marukudiyil Velan, known as “Fr. Chris,” will not do jail time. But we are grateful to the brave family that reported this priest’s crimes. And we are confident that this mom’s courage to speak up and to seek justice will protect more people.

http://www.app.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2015/01/30/brick-priest-probation/22586555/  

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PA--Sandusky letter is posted on line

Sandusky letter is posted on line; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 29

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)

What possible good can come from posting on line a letter from convicted serial child molesting Penn State coach?

http://framingpaterno.com/jerry-sandusky-writes-letter-reacting-ncaa-restoring-joe-paternos-win-record  

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MO--Church should do more re youth minister caught with child porn

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 29

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)

Members and staff of a St. Peter’s church must aggressively reach out to others with information about a youth minister who was sentenced yesterday on child porn charges.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/former-youth-minister-sentenced-to-years-for-child-porn-possession/article_34fc5ea0-a19b-5f5c-8c00-3c28ed49a430.html   

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SD--Records on SD predator priest to be released

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 29

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)

South Dakota citizens and Catholics will learn much more about a predatory priest who worked in the state thanks to a court ruling issued yesterday.

A Minnesota judge has ordered two Catholic dioceses to turn over long-secret records about Fr. James Vincent Fitzgerald to attorneys who represent child sex abuse victims.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/28/sex-abuse-documents   

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