Media Statements

FL--Jury acquits thrice-accused teacher; Abuse victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, July 1, 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)

Our hearts ache for the girl who was sexually abused by a Coral Springs teacher who has evaded justice. It must be devastating for her and her family to sit through a criminal trial and watch the criminal get off thanks to shrewd lawyering, even though he initially confessed to the crimes and faces two other accusers.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-coral-springs-molestation-closings-20160630-story.html

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RI--Abuse allegations vs. 95 year old priest are “credible;” Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, June 30, 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)

Rhode Island Catholic officials now admit that child sex abuse reports against a priest are “credible.” Bishop Thomas Tobin should honor his pledge to be “open” about clergy sex crimes.

http://dioceseofprovidence.org/news/statement-from-the-diocese-of-providence

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IL--Chicago predator priest dies; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, July 30, 2016

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, national president member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests(312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

Local Catholic officials have kept hidden the passing of Fr. Robert Stepek, a predator priest who sued his victims and who died last week. Shame on Archbishop Blasé Cupich for his hurtful secrecy.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=robert-stepek&pid=180478085&fhid=16252

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OH--Columbus seminarian to be sentenced for trying to have sex with infant

For immediate release, June 29, 2016

Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511SNAPjudy@gmail.com


A Catholic seminarian who attracted national media attention and spent time in Ohio, Vermont and Kentucky is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday (7/1) for horrific child sex crimes.

Former Josephinum College student Joel Wright travelled to San Diego seeking infants for sex.

We hope he will be given a long sentence. This dangerous child predator, who was rejected by forty other seminaries, needs to be kept far away from kids forever.

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OK--Victims prod new Tulsa bishop to act on abuse

For immediate release:Wednesday, June 29, 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)

We’re worried about Tulsa’s new bishop, David Konderla and hope he’ll deal very honestly and aggressively with clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. We see nothing in his actions as a priest that give us much hope.

Konderla has spent time in the Dallas diocese (with 20 publicly accused predator priests). He knows the first steps he should take in Tulsa. He should put kids’s safety and victims’ healing first. Specifically, he should:

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NJ--Predator priest is found guilty; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 28, 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’re relieved and grateful that a Paterson priest has been found guilty of child sex crimes. We applaud the brave girl who reported her suffering and hope this verdict brings her and her family some well-deserved consolation.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/former-passaic-priest-is-found-guilty-of-luring-in-case-involving-teen-parishioner-1.1623100

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KY--Accused predatory minister dies; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 28, 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)

An accused child predator has passed away. We hope his death will prompt others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to come forward.

http://www.newsandtribune.com/news/jeffersonville-pastor-arrested-in-kentucky-dies/article_e94f94a4-3d63-11e6-80ac-d3b37ee8efb2.html

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KS--Sex offending church workers -1 from Canada-are "outed"

For immediate release: Thursday, June 23, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbra Graber (540-214-8874mennonite@snapnetwork.org), Stephanie Krehbiel (734-678-2185stephaniekrehbiel@gmail.com)

Five names added to list of sex-offending Mennonite church workers

Each admitted to sexual misconduct but none have been charged

Four live in Kansas; One, a Canadian, is a painter on cruise ships

Group demands that Mennonite Church USA end its practice of keeping secret files on clergy with sexual misconduct charges

A support group for survivors of sexual abuse is announcing the addition of five new names to their Mennonite Abuse Prevention (MAP) list. To be placed on the MAP list, offenders must have been named elsewhere through established media sources, internal institutional documents, court records, or any combination of the above.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/mennonite_map

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RI--RI Supreme Court rule against child abuse victims

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 22, 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 

We’re very sad that Rhode Island’s highest court has sided with corrupt Catholic officials and against child sex abuse victims of a notorious predator priest. Many judges across the US acknowledge that bishops have committed fraud by hiding the crimes of child molesting clerics and that, as a result, victims should get their day in court. We are distraught that wounded Rhode Island victims apparently won’t have this opportunity to expose and deter wrongdoing.

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20160622/ri-supreme-court-denies-damages-for-2-who-claimed-they-were-abused-by-pedophile-priest

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MN--Victims: “Prosecutors should now seek porn charges against priest”

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 21, 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)

Now that Fr. Brian Lederer has escaped responsibility for his other child sex crimes, we urge prosecutors to renew their child pornography case against him. That’s the best way to keep this predators away from his prey.

The Duluth News Tribune reported yesterday that “Authorities also charged Lederer with possession of child pornography after recovering images of suspected child pornography from his computer. . “ and “Lederer could ‘potentially’ still be prosecuted on that pornography charge,” according to prosecutors.

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NY--Victims blast NY bishop over just-accused priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 21, 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)

Once again, Long Island’s Catholic bishop is mishandling the case of a predator priest.

http://liherald.com/malverne/stories/Malverne-pastor-steps-down,80833

Church policies require Bishop Murphy to suspend Fr. Frank Parisi from Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Malverne, not just let him voluntarily step down for an unspecified time.

Those same policies require Murphy to be “open and transparent” about these serious and credible child sex abuse charges, not minimize and mis-characterize them by calling them “inappropriate” and “misconduct.”

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MA--Victims urge BU/Tanglewood to oust accused musician

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 21, 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 Boston University musician who faces a recent, pending civil lawsuit charging that he sexually harassed two college students apparently was or is teaching high school kids for two week at Tanglewood in western Massachusetts. This is an extraordinarily careless and reckless move.  We urge BU President Robert A. Brown (the highest paid college president in the state) to reverse this move, keep Eric Ruske off campus and away from teenagers and young people at any BU site or program and apologize for his irresponsible behavior.

In April, in a civil lawsuit, Ruske was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing two college students.

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