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OR--Victims urge church staff to do outreach re predator

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 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)

We are glad that a Baptist youth pastor has been arrested and allegedly admitted child sex crimes. But we’re disappointed in how his supervisors and colleagues are responding and call on them to work aggressively to help law enforcement prosecute the offender and find and help his victims.

 http://www.mailtribune.com/news/20161205/former-ashland-pastor-faces-sex-abuse-charges

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MI--2 accused in priest abuse case quietly move out of Michigan; Victims cry “foul”

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

Two accused church officials quietly move

One still works for an institution training priests

Victims’ blast “reckless secrecy” of Saginaw’ Catholic bishop

Investigation showed cleric “sexually harassed” a then-22 year old

Lawsuit says church official accused victim of seducing older priest 

Two defendants in a civil abuse and cover up lawsuit involving a Saginaw priest have apparently moved out of state. A victims group is blasting the priest’s supervisor for “doing what bishops have done for decades: letting alleged wrongdoers quietly move away after being accused and work again among unsuspecting and vulnerable families.”

One of the accused, Trudy McCaffrey, still works for the church in Irene, South Dakota where she’s a "spiritual director" for Broom Tree Retreat, cultivating new priests. The other defendant, the alleged predator in the case, Father Denis Heames, now works for a San Diego California lawyer.

https://m.facebook.com/InstituteforPriestlyFormation/posts/128704013975273

https://www.linkedin.com/in/denis-heames-9a9736122

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