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MI--2 accused in priest abuse case quietly move out of Michigan; Victims cry “foul”

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003cell,

Two accused church officials quietly move

One still works for an institution training priests

Victims’ blast “reckless secrecy” of Saginaw’ Catholic bishop

Investigation showed cleric “sexually harassed” a then-22 year old

Lawsuit says church official accused victim of seducing older priest 

Two defendants in a civil abuse and cover up lawsuit involving a Saginaw priest have apparently moved out of state. A victims group is blasting the priest’s supervisor for “doing what bishops have done for decades: letting alleged wrongdoers quietly move away after being accused and work again among unsuspecting and vulnerable families.”

One of the accused, Trudy McCaffrey, still works for the church in Irene, South Dakota where she’s a "spiritual director" for Broom Tree Retreat, cultivating new priests. The other defendant, the alleged predator in the case, Father Denis Heames, now works for a San Diego California lawyer.

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PA--Victims “thrilled” by ruling in Bill Cosby case

For immediate release: Monday, Dec. 5, 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,

We’re thrilled for Andrea Constand and all victims of sexual violence, many of whom will no doubt feel some sense of relief and vindication at a decision today in the Bill Cosby case. A judge ruled that a 2005 deposition in which  Cosby “admits to extramarital affairs and giving other women drugs with their consent so they'd have sex with him can be used by attorneys in a criminal case against him,” according to CNN.

Thousands of predators have exploited legal technicalities and maneuvers to suppress evidence against themselves. We’re grateful this one offender no longer can.

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