MN - Priest working with Minnesota group is accused of abuse
A Catholic priest who works with a Hilo based church music group is being accused of molesting two boys in Hawaii and acknowledges he faced a third similar accusation.
Fr. George DeCosta is a pastor in the Hale Lokahi community in Hilo, Hawaii. He also works with Music Ministry Alive, a group that trains young people to become liturgical ministers. He was a teacher at Damien Memorial School in Honolulu in the 1960’s and 70’s where the alleged abuse occurred, and has also served as a pastor at parished in Honolulu and Hilo.
"In light of these serious and credible allegations, we call on Music Ministry Alive to immediately and publicly suspend Fr. DeCosta, and put a notice on their website urging anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to come forward, get help, protect others, expose wrongdoing and start healing," said David Clohessy, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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