Media Statements

SC—Newspring Church must do outreach on child sex abuse case

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Statement by Amy Smith, <watchkeepamy@gmail.com>, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests leader,  

Florence church youth volunteer kissed and fondled teen boy, police say

By Eric Walters, April 29, 2016, WBTW News 13

FLORENCE, SC – A youth group volunteer at a Florence church has been arrested for sexually assaulting a minor.

According to Florence Police Major Carlos Raines, a 15-year-old boy claimed Leo LaSalle Comissiong, 20, of Florence kissed and fondled him through his clothes.

The incident happened in February at the NewSpring Church on North Cashua Drive, Raines said.

Comissiong is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, 3rd degree.

http://wbtw.com/2016/04/29/florence-church-youth-volunteer-kissed-and-fondled-teen-boy-police-say/

A spokesperson for NewSpring Church, Suzanne Swift, released the following statement regarding the case:

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CT--Rabbi sued for alleged child sex abuse; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 3, 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 Haven rabbi is accused of molesting a child. We applaud the brave man who has filed this new child sex abuse lawsuit. http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/daniel_greer_lawsuit/

Eliyahu Mirlis of New Jersey accuses Rabbi Daniel Greer of repeatedly raping and molesting students at his New Haven yeshiva. Greer is associated with two schools in New Haven.

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NY--Syracuse bishop must do outreach in child porn case

For immediate release: Monday, May 2, 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)

Today, a Syracuse man will likely plead guilty in a child pornography case. Regardless of what happens in court, however, Syracuse Bishop Robert Cunningham has a moral and civic duty to aggressively seek out others who may have suspicions or knowledge of his crimes and beg them to call law enforcement.

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MN--Another priest accused of child sex crimes; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, May 2, 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

Another accused Crookston predator priest has been suspended because of credible reports of child sex crimes. That makes at least seven publicly accused Crookston area child molesting Catholic clerics (according to BishopAccountability.org)

Bishop Michael Hoeppner should spread the word about this move far and wide and aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered the cleric’s crimes.

Over the weekend, Fr. Pat Sullivan was temporarily suspended for abuse that happened eight or nine years ago. He recently worked in Dillworth and Hawley.

http://www.kvrr.com/news/local-news/Dilworth-Hawley-Priest-Accused-of-Sexual-Misconduct/39343722

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USA--Ten sex-offending church workers are listed on website

For immediate release: Monday, May 2, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbra Graber (540-214-8874mennonite@snapnetwork.org), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

Ten sex-offending church workers are listed on website

They’re from CA, PA, VA, OH, KS, OR, IN and Manitoba, Canada

Each is an admitted, convicted or credibly accused clergy or church employee

Group vows to “expose more who commit sex crimes & misdeeds against kids & adults"

Victims challenge Mennonite officials: “Burden of stopping predators shouldn’t fall on us”

A support group for survivors of sexual abuse is adding five more names to their recent on-line posting of what they call “sexual predators” in Anabaptist Mennonite institutions. The organization promises to keep expanding the list “for the protection of others.”

http://www.snapnetwork.org/mennonite_map

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PA-- Predator priest who worked in Philly is sentenced again

For immediate release: Monday, May 2, 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)

Last Friday, a serial predator priest - who worked in Philadelphia and abused kids in Oklahoma - was sentenced to 20-40 more years behind bars for more child sex crimes he committed in Michigan. For the safety of kids and the healing of victims, we hope he stays behind bars for as long as possible. And we hope that Philadelphia Catholic officials will spread this news and use church bulletins, pulpit announcements, and church websites to aggressively seek out others who he may have hurt.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2002_06_04_Ross_RecordsShow_James_Rapp_5.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news/2002_12_01_Sallah_ShameSin.htm

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/04/29/pirest-james-rapp-sexual-abuse/83726260/

http://www.wilx.com/home/headlines/Former--Teacher--Priest-at-Lumen-Christi-Catholic-High-School-in-Jackson-sentenced-today-377559141.html?ref=141

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SD--Victims blast archaic SD child safety law

For immediate release: Monday, May 2, 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
South Dakota ranks at or near the bottom of the pack when it comes to reforming archaic, predator-friendly laws that make it tougher to expose, punish and deter child sex crimes and cover ups, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislators.

 

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OK--Predator priest who worked in OK is sentenced again

For immediate release:  May 2, 2016

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

Last Friday, a serial predator priest - who worked in Oklahoma and abused two Duncan boys - was sentenced to 40 years for more child sex crimes he committed in Michigan. For the safety of kids and the healing of victims, we hope he stays behind bars for as long as possible. And we hope that Oklahoma Catholic officials will spread this news and use church bulletins, pulpit announcements, and church websites to aggressively seek out others who he may have hurt.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2002_06_04_Ross_RecordsShow_James_Rapp_5.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news/2002_12_01_Sallah_ShameSin.htm

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/04/29/pirest-james-rapp-sexual-abuse/83726260/

http://www.wilx.com/home/headlines/Former--Teacher--Priest-at-Lumen-Christi-Catholic-High-School-in-Jackson-sentenced-today-377559141.html?ref=141

We're grateful that Fr. James Francis Rapp was charged again, pled guilty to more child sex crimes.

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Vatican--SNAP blasts “another few distracting papal words on abuse”

For immediate release: Sunday, May 1, 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)

In a purportedly “forceful” tone, Pope Francis said child molesters must be “severely punished” but “did not specifically mention the church or its response to abuse.”

So what? When will a few papal sentences about how bad abuse is stop being news?

Just this week, a convicted priest who assaulted a California teenager was promoted to head an Oklahoma parish with a parochial school, until parishioners protects and their archbishop backed down.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ok_archbishop_says_he_ll_remove_convicted_priest_victims_respond

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USA--Catholic church loses $90 million a year from theft?

For immediate release: Sunday, May 1, 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 Associated Press story cites “lax financial controls” in the Catholic church, quotes one source as saying that the US church may lose $90 million annually from theft and cites an independent survey that shows that 85% of US dioceses have experienced recent embezzlement.

http://www.cruxnow.com/ap/2016/05/01/bookkeeper-denies-theft-as-u-s-church-struggles-with-money-controls/

“American Catholics drop roughly $150 million into the Sunday collection plate every week,” the AP reports.

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UT--Predator priest who worked in Utah is sentenced again

For immediate release: Sunday, May 1, 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)

On Friday, an already imprisoned serial predator priest who allegedly abused Utah boys was sentenced to 40 more years for hurting other kids in Michigan.

For the safety of kids and the healing of victims, we hope he stays behind bars for as long as possible. And we hope that Utah Catholic officials will spread this news and use church bulletins, pulpit announcements, and church websites to aggressively seek out others who he may have hurt. We believe that’s their moral and civic duty.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2002_06_04_Ross_RecordsShow_James_Rapp_5.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news/2002_12_01_Sallah_ShameSin.htm

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/04/29/pirest-james-rapp-sexual-abuse/83726260/

http://www.wilx.com/home/headlines/Former--Teacher--Priest-at-Lumen-Christi-Catholic-High-School-in-Jackson-sentenced-today-377559141.html?ref=141

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MO--Member of Toledo-based church group is sentenced

For immediate release: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 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)

Yesterday, a serial predator priest - who for years belonged to a Toledo-based Catholic group – was sentenced to 40 years for crimes in Michigan. For the safety of kids and the healing of victims, we hope he stays behind bars for as long as possible.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news/2002_12_01_Sallah_ShameSin.htm

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/04/29/pirest-james-rapp-sexual-abuse/83726260/

http://www.wilx.com/home/headlines/Former--Teacher--Priest-at-Lumen-Christi-Catholic-High-School-in-Jackson-sentenced-today-377559141.html?ref=141

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