Media Statements

OR--Portland predator priest is guilty; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 11, 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)

An Oregon priest is guilty of trying to lure a girl into his car. Now, Portland’s archbishop and other Catholic officials must aggressively seek out others who may have experienced or ignored or concealed his crimes. And we hope next month he’s locked up for as long as possible

http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/may/10/priest-guilty-of-trying-to-lure-girl/

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2014/03_04/2014_04_25_Achen_PriestAppears.htm

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FL--Massage therapist is guilty of battery; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 10, 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)

We are grateful that a judge found an ex-West Boca Massage Envy staffer guilty of battery on a female client. We hope Raymond L. Smith Jr. never again works as a massage therapist and that others with information or suspicions about his crimes will come forward, get help, call police, protect others and deter employers from acting recklessly, callously and deceitfully in such cases.

http://www.wpbf.com/news/judge-rules-guilty-verdict-in-case-involving-west-boca-massage-envy/39472196

We applaud this brave woman for doing her moral and civic duty by reporting Smith to law enforcement. We hope others who may be suffering in silence, shame and self-blame will do likewise.

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PA--Penn State president should resign over abuse remarks

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 10, 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)

Penn State University’s president should resign. If he doesn’t, he should be forced out by university trustees. At a bare minimum, he should be severely disciplined.

He’s making a tragic situation worse by attacking victims, adding to their pain, and discouraging others who are suffering from protecting kids by speaking up and exposing predators.

http://news.psu.edu/story/409338/2016/05/08/president/president-shares-letter-university-community-regarding-recent

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PA--Victims blast Altoona “healing services”

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 10, 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 an insulting but shrewd public relations move, Altoona’s bishop is holding self-serving “healing” events instead of protecting kids through decisive action.  http://dioceseaj.org/node/1075

In the 147 page grand jury report, released two months ago, perhaps the most disturbing fact is that the jurors are “concerned the purge of predators is taking too long.”

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/03/01/grand-jury-pa-bishops-hid-sex-abuse-hundreds-children/81148778/

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GA--Predator teacher worked in Atlanta area school

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 10, 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)

A predatory teacher who repeatedly abused a student and “allegedly demanded she have two abortions” worked in a suburban Atlanta school, a new report shows.

http://nypost.com/2016/05/08/teacher-who-allegedly-raped-student-landed-job-at-doe-probe/

The secrecy of Catholic officials, who “never disciplined him” but later quietly let him go, allowed him “to work for years in city public schools,” an investigation reveals.

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MD--Victims respond to Baltimore predator priests list

For immediate release:   Monday, May 9, 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)

While we’re glad Baltimore Catholic officials are again listing predator priests on the archdiocesan website but wish they would do the same on local parish websites. We’re sad that this has taken so long to do and believe they can and should do much more to protect kids.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-archdiocese-list-priests-20160509-story.html

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PA--Victims urge Penn State fans to “dial it back”

For immediate release: Monday, May 9, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Two individuals say they reported child sex crimes by Jerry Sandusky to Joe Paterno decades earlier than has been suspended or documented. We hope this news will cause many in the Penn State community to show some sensitivity and common sense by ending their loud, reflexive and hurtful backing of a once-popular and powerful coach who, like all of us, was just a man with flaws.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/06/us/jerry-sandusky-victims-paterno-penn-state/index.html

We deeply admire and appreciate the courage of these victims (and Bernie McCue, a friend of one of them, who has also spoken publicly). It’s heartbreaking that they have been betrayed three times: once by a Penn State coach, again by Penn State officials and a third time by Penn State fans who continue to heap scorn on adults who were sexually violated as kids by Jerry Sandusky.

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MI--Victims want nuns disciplined & action by archbishop

For immediate release: Monday, May 9, 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)

Catholic officials should demote and discipline two nuns who are letting a suspended Detroit predator priest work at a center for teenagers. And Detroit’s archbishop should stop pretending to be powerless and discipline the priest harshly while warning the public about him vigorously.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/macomb/2016/05/08/priest-removed-sex-abuse-works-teens-pregnancy-center/83871114/

Fr. Kenneth Kauchek was temporarily ousted because he molested a girl. He now works for Gianna House Pregnancy and Parenting Residence, a Catholic-run group that reportedly helps girls. http://www.dailytribune.com/article/DT/20160416/NEWS/160419643

This is a stunningly irresponsible move. Those responsible should be demoted and punished for putting youngsters in harm’s way.

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FL--Predator MN priest now in Florida; Victims respond

For immediate release: Sunday, May 8, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

A serial predator priest who was found guilty of abuse by a Minnesota jury has quietly moved to Florida where he at least once visited a St. Petersburg area parish.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20160508/NEWS/160509675/-1/news?Title=The-Polka-Padre-and-His-Troubling-Past

This is an outrage. It shows that despite decades of pledges and promises, Catholic bishops continue to do be secretive and reckless about their thousands of child molesting clerics.

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CT--Ex-CT predator priest now teaching school

For immediate release: Friday, May 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)

A priest who molested kids in Hartford is now teaching school in Africa, a newspaper reports. Hartford Archbishop Leonard Blair should launch an aggressive outreach effort so the priest might be prosecuted and imprisoned.

http://www.abqjournal.com/769392/priest-on-the-lam-found-in-morocco.html

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MO--Pediatrician examines kids after child porn conviction

For immediate release: May 6, 2016

Statement by: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,davidgclohessy@gmail.com ), 

It's tragic that troubled and abusive doctors are still able to be around vulnerable trusting patience who know nothing about what the doctors are doing. We urge patients to carefully research their Physicians and urge State officials to do more to warn the unsuspecting public about these problematic positions. 

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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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