NY- Dozen more claims added to Manhattan high school molestation suit

For immediate release: August 7, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

More victims have signed up in a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against a prestigious Manhattan high school.

The suit charges that crimes by principal Rabbi George Finkelstein and teacher Rabbi Macy Gordon have been concealed by Yeshiva University High School for decades.

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KY- Church officials condemn whistleblower; SNAP responds

For immediate release: August 7, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Religious figures attack a man who reported “serial physical and sexual abuse of children covered up" by church officials” claiming that his account is slander and “unbiblical”.

Brent Detwiler filed a lawsuit in January against the Sovereign Grace Ministries, a national network of churches, saying that the defendants, despite knowing the facts on multiple child abuse cases, “cared more about protecting its financial and institutional standing than about protecting children, its most vulnerable members” and therefore “failed to stop repeated and ongoing sexual predation occurring at SGM churches and organization”.

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UK- Judge frees predator while asserting victim is to blame

For immediate release: August 6, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

A man credibly accused of sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl and was found with possession of child pornography was freed today by a judge in Essex asserting that victim was at fault. 

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NJ-Priest withdraws after sexual misconduct report, SNAP responds

For immediate release: August 6, 2013

Statement by SNAP director David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

A man’s report of clergy sexual misconduct at a seminary is preventing a Catholic priest from taking over a New Jersey parish.

In June, Paterson Catholic diocese officials announced that Fr. Brando Ibarra would head St. Jude’s parish in Budd Lake. But after David Fagersten of Chicago complained to Mount Olive officials that Fr. Ibarra tried to rape him years ago, Fr. Ibarra has opted to not take the Budd Lake assignment.

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IL - Chicago man accuses priest of sexual misdeeds at Chicago seminary

For immediate release: August 6, 2013

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 Chicago man’s report of clergy sexual misconduct at a Chicago seminary is preventing a Catholic priest from taking over a parish in New Jersey.

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Pedophile priest case vs. Vatican tossed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 6

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Once again, smart and aggressive lawyering has protected top Catholic officials from having to answer in court for their repeated and reckless secrecy and complicity in a troubling child sex abuse and cover up case.

The 11 year old case of Joe V. Doe v. the Holy See, filed in Oregon federal court, has been withdrawn.

Fortunately, however, a similar case in the UK is proceeding. It involves a woman who was sexually assaulted by Father Wilfred Baldwin.

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WV- Pastor pleads not guilty to credible sex abuse charges

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

For immediate release August 6, 2013

A 14-year-old girl reported to police in April that the pastor, who also worked at Kanawha County Schools, had inappropriately touched her.

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IL- Letter to Bishop Braxton

Aug. 5, 2013

Dear Bishop Braxton:

You and your brother bishops have repeatedly pledged to be “open and transparent” about clergy sex abuse. Yet you refuse to tell your flock

--that no Belleville predator priest is being housed and monitored by the diocese,

--that other dioceses do, in fact, house and monitor predator priests,

--that only two Belleville predator priests have been defrocked,

--that six or seven of Belleville predator priests are still on the payroll, and

-- how many victims have contacted you or how much you’re spending on their therapy. (The last such figures, provided by your predecessor, are almost a decade old).

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CA- Sacramento priest sentenced; SNAP hopes for civil suits

Now that the criminal process against Fr. Uriel Ojeda has ended, we hope we’ll see civil lawsuits soon. Criminal prosecution often deals with one “bad apple.” Civil suits almost always deal with the “bad apple” and the corrupt “barrel.”

Putting a predator behind bars protects kids in the short term. Exposing his complicit colleagues protects kids in the long term, by deterring reckless, callous and deceptive behavior in the future.

Moist of those who commit child sex crimes can’t be deterred. But most of those who conceal, ignore or enable child sex crimes CAN be deterred. But they’re best deterred when they are exposed and held responsible. Civil litigation can do this.

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FL- Predator pastor kept on job during child sex abuse investigation

For immediate release: August 2, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Presbyterian officials kept an accused predatory minister on the job in Boca Raton for a year before finally ousting him because of credible allegations that he sexually exploited a teenage girl.

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Accused cleric now works in Pope’s archdiocese

Accused abusive cleric is still on the job

He now works in Pope’s home archdiocese

Church admits charges against him are “credible

But they keep quietly transferring him overseas

He’s been put back to work twice since allegation

SNAP: “Put him & others accused predators in a center

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IL- Credibly accused Catholic cleric works now in Pope’s home diocese

For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 1

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

Credibly accused Catholic cleric works now in Pope’s home diocese

14 Credibly accused yet information remains secret

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