Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP western regional director (949) 322-7434 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org
A San Diego priest, Fr. Jacob Betrand, has been criminally charged with sexual assault in Minnesota. He’s also been accused of paying his victim to keep her quiet. But what we find even more troubling is the fact that church officials in San Diego may have known about the allegations for at least four years and did nothing to alert Catholics of the risk.
For immediate release: Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, email@example.com)
Our hearts ache for the five kids and their families who have helped police and prosecutors pursue an accused child molesting cleric, Fr. Brian Lederer. They must be terribly distraught that he’s escaped prosecution on all charges.
For the safety of kids, we call on local police and prosecutors to use their ‘bully pulpits’ to prod others with information or suspicions about Fr. Lederer’s crimes to speak up now.