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Alabama sends strong message to victims

For immediate release, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Executive Director, 314-503-0003 bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

We applaud the wisdom and the courage of the people in Alabama for sending such a strong message to any child being sexually abused. If you are or have been sexually assaulted and find the courage to step forward, you will be believed, and we will help you. Children everywhere need to know that help is available, and the adults will step in to protect them. We hope others will follow their amazing example.

For children to be safe we need the whole community to be involved and make decisions based on what will make it easier for a child to step forward and report abuse.

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Newly convicted priest worked in Sacramento, AZ, AL

Newly convicted priest worked in Sacramento, AZ, AL

Allegations of abuse may go back decades 

Victim was Wisconsin 7-9 year old girl

Before plea deal, priest worked in parishes with schools, Sac Boy Scouts, Maricopa Children’s Hospital

This week, a former Sacramento, AZ, and AL priest will be sentenced in Wisconsin after pleading guilty to reduced charges of sexual assault on a child under 13.

Fr. Robert Marsicek pled guilty Milwaukee in October. He was facing charges of first degree sexual assault for sexually assaulting a seven to nine-year-old girl from 2007 to 2010. http://fox6now.com/2017/10/23/priest-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-school-aged-girl-pleads-guilty-to-amended-charges/

According to publicly available sources, however, as early as 2005, church officials had ordered Marsicek to “stop hugging and kissing children” and knew that he had “boundary issues” with children. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/assign/Marsicek_Robert_R_sds.htm

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