Media Statements

MN- Archbishop to speak today, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com)

Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt may speak to some reporters today about partial results from an investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct with adults. We hope he'll explain why he has so clearly violated the US bishops' abuse policy by hiding and helping proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. We doubt, however, that he will, in spite of his repeated promises to be “open and transparent” about clergy sex crimes.

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FL- Doctor investigated for inappropriate touching, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 

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

A Florida doctor, who is being sued for inappropriately touching a woman, is now being investigated by law enforcement. We applaud the brave woman who exposed her perpetrator and sought to keep him from hurting anyone else. 

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ID- Victims blast judge over child molester's light sentence

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 

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

We're appalled that an admitted child molesting deacon who abused a 12 year old and blamed it on Satan may spend just a year in prison. 

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WA- Predator ex-priest dies, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A priest and the former director of seminarians for the Seattle Archdiocese has died. We hope he is not given a burial of a priest in good standing.

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CA- Child molesting Buddhist teacher dies, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com) 

A leading figure in the Zen Buddhist movement in the US, who had dozens of abuse allegations against him, has died.

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TX- Admitted predator priest now has 2 jobs; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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

Priest who pled guilty is back on the job

Dallas bishop quietly transferred him to new posts 

Just three years ago, he admitted to “inappropriate touching” 

But some allegations against the cleric go back almost 40 years

The Catholic bishop of Dallas has quietly put back on the job a priest who pleaded no contest three years ago to misdemeanor assault charges for inappropriately touching of a 14-year-old girl, a support group has learned.

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MO- Minister who headed state board goes on trial; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

A child sex abuse and cover up trial started yesterday against a Kansas City pastor who is the former head of the State Board of Education.

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MI- Victims urge harsh sentence in radio host child porn case

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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

A former Michigan Christian radio host is set to plead guilty to making and possessing child pornography. We hope he gets the toughest sentence possible.

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PA- Youth minister in jail for child sexual abuse, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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

A Pennsylvania youth minister has been arrested on charges of child sexual abuse and has admitted abusing her for several months. We are grateful to the witnesses who came forward with their suspicions and urge anyone else with information to come forward to police.

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OH- Man seeks to profit from brutal murder of nun

For immediate release: Monday, July 28, 2014

Statement by Claudia Vercellotti of Toledo, SNAP Leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (419 345 9291, SNAPtoledo@aol.com)

A Toledo man is trying to profit from the brutal slaying of a nun by selling paraphernalia related to the convicted murderer, a Toledo priest who has also been accused of molesting a child.

Shame on him. Shame on anyone who bids on or buys this material.

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CA- Victims challenge CA predator priest & 3 archbishops

For immediate release Monday July 28, 2014

For more information: Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, 949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com, David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director 314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Victims challenge priest & 4 Catholic officials

Alleged predator claims he's been "exonerated"

SNAP to accused cleric: "Disclose your personnel file" 

And group wants archbishops to release all files on suspended molester

Clergy sex abuse victims are challenging a twice-accused and twice-suspended California Catholic predator priest to produce copies of records that he says show the child sex abuse allegations against him are unfounded. And they want three archbishops and the cleric's direct supervisor to release the cleric's personnel files.

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TX- Church to hold rally for admitted molester

For immediate release: Monday, July 28, 2014

Statement by Amy Smith of Dallas, SNAP leader (281 748 4050, watchkeepamy@gmail.com

Supporters of a convicted child sexual predator are holding a rally today to support him. We hope they will change their minds and cancel the event. We also urge officials at a Leander church to cancel a similar event set for Aug. 10.

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