Media Statements

FL- Ex-school board head charged with child sexual crimes; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, June 5, 2014

Statement by Becky Ianni of SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (703-801-6044, SNAPVirginia@cox.net)

A former school board chairman and federal employee who lives in Florida has been indicted on charges related to the sexual abuse of four children in Virginia. We urge law enforcement and school officials in Florida to reach out to other possible victims. We fear that he may have either committed or concealed child sex crimes in Florida.

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Paraguay priest subject of new investigative report

For immediate release: Thursday, June 05, 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 lengthy and troubling new investigative report on a priest in Paraguay, accused repeatedly of child sexual abuse and adult sexual misconduct, shows that he is still around young people now, plus being second-in-command of a Catholic diocese in Paraguay. Bishops in dioceses where this predator priest worked - Switzerland, Argentina, Scranton, and Winona – must do more to stop him from hurting others. And Paraguay's bishop must at least suspend him immediately pending further investigation.

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VA- Ex-school board head abused in Virginia; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, June 5, 2014

Statement by Becky Ianni. Virginia director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (703-801-6044, SNAPVirginia@cox.net)

A former school board chairman and federal employee has been indicted on 111 felony charges related to the sexual abuse of four children in Stafford, Virginia. 

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MN- Victims blast archbishop over new deposition

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 04, 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)

We hope that the obvious deceit and duplicitous shown by Archbishop Harry Flynn in his just-released deposition will prod police and prosecutors to more vigorously pursue corrupt Catholic officials in the Twin Cities.

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UK- British politicians call for child abuse inquiry, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 4, 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 group of British MPs are calling for an investigation into past child sexual abuse cases. We are glad that these MPs want truth and justice about child sexual abuse. When the truth is revealed about the past, children are safer in the present and future. 

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TN- Sex abuse victims blast Baptist pastor

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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

Sex abuse victims blast Baptist pastor

He “changes his tune” in child abuse case 

Group thinks he should be investigated & charged 

Preacher “clearly filed false police report,” SNAP says

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OH- "Why so long to arrest minister"? victims ask

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 4, 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 applaud the brave girl who reported being abused by Rev. Paul Endrei of Church on the Rise in Westlake. But we're troubled that it took almost a year for law enforcement officials to arrest the accused clergyman.

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FL- Startling win for victims in high profile FL child sex case

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 3, 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)

In an unusual ruling, a judge is letting alleged child sex abuse victims see secret government records about a disturbing plea deal between prosecutors and a prominent Florida millionaire, Jeffrey Epstein.

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Peru- Vatican defrocks abusive Peru bishop

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 3, 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)

Apparently, Vatican officials have quickly and quietly defrocked a child molesting Peruvian bishop. Defenders of the Catholic hierarchy will no doubt claim that this shows Vatican officials are making progress on abuse. We disagree.

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PA- Priest sent to jail for child sex crimes, SNAP respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 03, 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 Pennsylvania priest has been sentenced to 21 month in jail for sexually abusing a teenager. We are grateful to police and prosecutors for working to get this dangerous man away from kids, but are disappointed by the short sentence.

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NJ- Ex-priest not covered by church insurance in lawsuit, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 03, 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 former New Jersey priest has been denied insurance coverage from the Catholic church in a lawsuit against him. The ex-priest is being sued for having an affair with a parishioner and counseling the woman’s husband.  

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PA- New investigative report on ex-Scranton priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 3, 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 lengthy and troubling new investigative report on a former Scranton priest, accused repeatedly of child sexual abuse and adult sexual misconduct, shows that he is still around young people now, plus being second-in-command of a Catholic diocese in Paraguay. Bishops in dioceses where this predator priest worked - Switzerland, Argentina, Scranton, and Winona – must do more to stop him from hurting others.

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